Latest On Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys and Jaylon Smith have received some good news. The linebacker’s damaged nerve is regenerating, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). He has a long way to go, but he can now lift is foot and is getting back muscle control.Jaylon Smith (vertical)

Earlier this offseason, word was that Smith’s nerve would not be coming back to life and that he would be forced to play football with drop foot. The plan was for the Notre Dame product to play the season with a brace that would stabilize his leg, making him the first NFL player to ever attempt to take the field with the condition. However, the latest developments are a positive sign for Smith and may allow him to play at 100% – or something close to it.

Over the weekend, word emerged that Smith could be ready in time for team OTAs. This could be wishful/premature thinking, but there’s certainly reason for hope now in Dallas.

In his final season at Notre Dame, Smith compiled 115 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Prior to his unfortunate injury, Smith was widely projected as a top 10 pick in the 2016 draft. Instead, he fell to the Cowboys in the second round. If he’s able to make a recovery, Dallas’ risk could pay major dividends in 2017.

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7 comments on “Latest On Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith

  1. mvottop

    That’s great news for him. I just hope he stays focused on progressing that and not trying to rush to the field this year and causing more damage. Have to admire the guy though!

  2. RockHard

    Boom! Great news for the Cowboys and the kid! Jaylon is a heck of a young man, I’m really happy for him and the boys

  3. RockHard

    What a smart investment by Jerry and Stephen too.. They went 13-3 last year without him and now get a top 5 talent to plug into the middle of their defense.This draft is set up perfect for the Cowboys biggest needs to to fall to them.Good time to be a Cowboys fan!

  4. Brad

    Cowboys have a great young team. Hard saying that as an eagles fan, but it’s true. I would take care of my investment and put him on a snap count. Rushing him could ruin his life, not just his career.

  5. baberuthbomber8

    Hope that it keeps coming back. Would be huge to have Smith and Lee together and improves that defense a lot

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