The Dallas Cowboys took a risk when they drafted Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, knowing there was a chance he couldn’t play this year. It looks like that may be coming to fruition as the linebacker hasn’t been recovering as well as doctors would have hoped.
It was reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder that Smith has seen “no significant improvement” in the nerve damage in his knee, stemming from a nasty injury he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl back in January.
It is looking more like he will have to sit out his rookie season to let the knee heal completely.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) June 29, 2016
The sad thing about this is that Jaylon Smith was a top-ten talent before suffering the injury just months ahead of the draft. Doctors say that he should make a full recovery, but it will obviously take some time.
If Smith is able to get healthy and finally take the field for the Cowboys, they will have one of the better athletes that no other team really wanted to take a shot on.