After an ankle injury kept him of the lineup for three weeks, Darron Lee made a return to the field in the Jets' 9-6 loss to the Rams last Sunday.
"It felt great to get back out there with my brothers," Lee said this week. "Obviously we did not come out on top, but it was fun to be back out there."
While he was happy to suit up for the first time since Week 6 in Arizona, Lee was limited to 19% of the defensive snaps as Julian Stanford started alongside David Harris in the base look. Before Lee went down, he was leading the club in tackles with 32.
"The coaches told me they were going to keep me limited," Lee said. "They wanted to see how I did, what I could do on special teams and we'll move forward from there. They weren't going to just throw me in there with the conditioning aspect and all of that, so I'll be able to work on that in bits and pieces over the next two weeks."
The Ohio State product made good with his time in sub packages, registering a half of a sack along with a QB hurry and an end zone PD.
"The ankle is good. It was great to get a game under my belt," he said. "It has its aches and soreness, but as far as actual pain — that's gone."
Lee will return to the Midwest this week and visit his mother, a Columbus, OH resident.
"I'm happy that the bye week is here, it's perfectly fine. It's huge that it's here right now because I can rest it even more," he said of the ankle. "I should be fine for the New England game. It shouldn't even be a thing at that point."