UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Injured Penn State outside linebacker Sean Lee said yesterday that his sprained left knee is feeling better.
But Lee, a fifth-year senior co-captain from Upper St. Clair High School, has not been practicing and it's unlikely he will play Saturday in the Big Ten opener against Iowa at Beaver Stadium.
Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli will make the final call on whether Lee plays or not.
"I'd like to tell you I was definitely going to be on that field, but I don't know," Lee said. "If I'm not 100 percent and I'm not performing at a high level, [they're not] going to put me out there."
Lee, speaking for the first time since being injured Saturday against Temple, said he initially was injured in the second quarter when he took a helmet to the knee. He left the game but returned in the fourth quarter before tweaking it again and limping off the field.
"I think it just got worse as the game went on," he said.
Lee, who sat out last season after the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee was torn, said he expects outside linebacker Navorro Bowman to play against Iowa. Bowman has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
"He did practice [Tuesday] and he looked very good," Lee said. "He looked like his normal self."
Middle linebacker Josh Hull joked that the Nittany Lions "might have to put some chains on [Lee] and chain him to the bench" to keep him from playing against the Hawkeyes.
"He's still staying upbeat," quarterback Daryll Clark said. "He's still talking as if he's going to wind up being out there this Saturday. He's rehabbing as hard as possible. And when he's not practicing, he's doing what he did last year when he didn't play at all -- he's being a coach on the sideline."
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