On the eve of two conference championship games, Sean Lee was nowhere near a football field.

Instead, he was at Starpower, a high-end electronics store. It’s here where the Dallas Cowboys veteran spent more than an hour Saturday signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans at a promotional event.

Only 40 days have passed since Lee sprained a ligament in his neck during a brutal loss at Chicago that forced him to miss the rest of the season. It was a crushing blow for Lee, the injury-plagued linebacker who was sidelined for the two previous games because of a strained hamstring he suffered in November.

But he says he is on the mend.

“Neck’s getting better,” he said. “It’s on its way. I should be ready to go. I think we’ll evaluate it more as the year goes on or the next couple months. But I should be ready for everything this off-season and be fine for next year. “

Lee added that he didn’t “anticipate any surgery” would be needed to repair the damage.

Before his body began to betray him, Lee appeared destined to play in the Pro Bowl later this month. He was named the conference’s player of the month in October, after all. But Lee’s durability again became an issue in the second half of the season.

“Avoiding the injuries that I can control is what I’m going to try to do at all costs by making sure I am physically prepared for the season and physically prepared for every game,” he said. “After that, you have to go out there and play and hope you can stay healthy.”

Easier said than done for a player that hasn’t played a full season since entering the NFL and since his days at Penn State has torn the ACL in his right knee, sprained his left knee, shredded ligaments in his right big toe, pulled his hamstring on multiple occasions and dislocated his wrist.