Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith is one of the top players at the position that could be available for the 2016 NFL Draft. The junior has yet to make a decision, but has to make one soon as the deadline for underclassmen to declare is January 18.
During the Fiesta Bowl last weekend, Smith went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the game. He was carted off the field and was diagnosed with a torn ACL and LCL.
According to Brian Hamilton of SI.com via a source, Smith underwent successful surgery on Friday and is expected to make a full recovery.
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) January 8, 2016
“What we do know is there’s going to be a full recovery,” the source said. “The repair is solid, and he’s very optimistic. We’re optimistic. And Jaylon is ready to get going with his rehab.”
The repair of the ACL and LCL “couldn’t have gone better,” per the source. Though clearly significant, the ligament damage was the lesser of the concerns for the All-America performer thought to be a lock for a first-round NFL draft selection.
Smith has a chance to be a top pick in the Draft this April. Hopefully he’s ready to possibly make the trip up to Chicago.
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