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Cowboys rookie LB Lee eager to debut

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Sean Lee is a training camp rarity. He loves when the Dallas Cowboys practice twice in one day.

Lee is a rookie linebacker coaches have been raving about since they felt they stole him in the second round of the draft. They immediately plugged him in as the backup to Keith Brooking and described him as a Brooking clone — intense, hard-hitting, always around the ball, a motor that never quits.

Since Brooking turns 35 this season, there's obviously a succession plan in place. And since Brooking is coming off knee surgery, the Cowboys already are tapping into it. Whenever they have two-a-days, Brooking gets a session off and Lee joins the first team, playing between Bradie James and DeMarcus Ware.

No wonder those single practice days are a letdown.

Better still for Lee: After missing the first two preseason games with an injury, he'll make his NFL debut against the San Diego Chargers.

"I felt like a pansy on the sideline," Lee said. "I wanted to be out there helping the team and this week I get a chance to do it."

Is he ready?

"I'm sure there will be a little bit of a learning curve," he said. "If you watch me, one play's good and the next play's not so good. So I'm trying to build that consistency."

Between the "pansy" line and acknowledging his inconsistency, Lee's defining characteristic is easy to detect. He demands perfection from himself and berates himself for anything less.

"He talks to himself like all the time," Brooking said, laughing. "It's 'beep-beep-beep-beep-beep.' It goes on for like, 30 seconds. You're like, 'Good Lord!'"

Brooking thought it was such a hoot that he wanted to make sure special teams coach Joe DeCamillis saw it. He'd noticed all right. Having been an assistant coach on the Atlanta Falcons when Brooking was a rookie, DeCamillis no doubt was smirking when he told Brooking, "Yeah, it reminds me of someone 12 years ago."

 

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