Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith was expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but suffered a gruesome knee injury against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The injury is reportedly “very serious” and now there are reports that there is fear that the knee could have nerve damage.
The fear is nerve damage, as well. Very serious surgery. https://t.co/YQemLwJMq6
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2016
At this point in time, Smith has not officially declared for the draft and no timetable has been given as to when he could return from the injury.
In 2015, Smith played like a superstar. He finished the season with 115 tackles, a sack, five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Smith will undergo the surgery and will then take the steps needed to get back on-the-field. He will attack the rehab process just like he attacks the gym and practice field and will do everything in his power to come back even better than he was before the injury occurred.
More news will become available about the injury in the coming weeks, but hopefully there is no nerve damage and he is able to recover quicker than many are expecting.
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