The Nittany Lion senior addressed the injury in an interview with FightOnState.com shortly after Penn State's Coaches Clinic Scrimmage at Beaver Stadium Saturday.
Walking with his right leg in an immobilizer, but without the assistance of crutches, Lee said an MRI showed the ACL in his right knee was indeed torn, as was reported on FOS Friday.
It's part of the game, he said. It's discouraging, but there are two ways you can take it: you can take the negative way; but if you are negative you're not going to survive [in the sport]. Or you can take it in a positive way and make yourself a better person. That's what I'm going to do, and just keep working.
The good thing is I get to be in Happy Valley an extra year, he added with a smile. That's a positive.
Lee will have surgery in the near future to correct the injury. Then he is looking at a long rehab.
The ACL is torn, so it'll be eight or nine months, realistically, he said. But we'll see how that goes.
Lee sustained the injury during a part of practice in which he was pursuing quarterback Daryll Clark. There was no contact on the play, as his knee simply buckled.
Lee attended the entire scrimmage Saturday, standing on the sideline very close to the action while propping himself up on crutches.
Bani Gbadyu took over Lee's outside linebacker spot Saturday.
Lee is a true senior who has a redshirt year available.