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Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, a likely high pick, suffers leg injury

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Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, considered by some observers the best player eligible for the 2016 NFL draft, had to be helped off the field after suffering a knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl today against Ohio State.

Smith was knocked to the ground hard and his foot appeared to catch in the playing surface at University of Phoenix Stadium. He went down in pain, grabbing his knee, was attended to on the field for a couple minutes, and then had to be helped to the sideline.

A versatile linebacker who can play both inside and outside, Smith is a junior who was expected to enter the draft this year. An injury likely wouldn’t change those plans, but could affect his draft stock.

Smith won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football this year.

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22 Responses to “Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, a likely high pick, suffers leg injury”
  1. ttommytom says: Jan 1, 2016 1:37 PM

    Somewhat of a cheap shot. Looks like a lower ankle sprain from the slow-mo.

    Hoping it’s nothing band it should tell the young man it’s time to get paid…

  2. virg1969 says: Jan 1, 2016 1:40 PM

    Hate to see that happen. I hope it isn’t serious.

  3. bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    Targeting is a horribly lame penalty I mean unless it’s clear helmet to helmet contact which it wasn’t he went below his head a guy shouldn’t be thrown out. But I guess college players can’t be fined so they have to do that instead and just eject them. Can you imagine how many NFL players would be ejected from this.

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 1, 2016 1:47 PM

    Trent Baalke was seen frothing at the mouth.

  5. billfchew says: Jan 1, 2016 1:48 PM

    I feel really sorry for this kid, as much as I’m not an ND fan- I hate to see any kid get hurt, especially an apparent top-10 pick like him.

  6. curtthesquirt says: Jan 1, 2016 1:52 PM

    Bengalsfan- that was textbook spearing which has been a penalty since the dawn of time. Yeah, sucks your guy got ejected, but please try to has a sense of objectivity. At no level of football was that a legal hit.

  7. doggeatdogg says: Jan 1, 2016 1:54 PM

    Jadeveon Clowney should be a study case for NFL execs who are not afraid of high picks of injured players. He has yet to play at the top of his game two years in.

  8. bassplucker says: Jan 1, 2016 2:12 PM

    Unless his injury is catastrophic he will still be a top 10 pick. Look at Todd Gurley last year.

  9. abanig says: Jan 1, 2016 2:16 PM

    Sucks this happened. He’ll still be s first round pick IMO

  10. MostlyRight says: Jan 1, 2016 2:53 PM

    Injuries in Bowl games are tragic.

  11. usa98j30t4 says: Jan 1, 2016 3:01 PM


    I hate that your were hurt. I hope to see you around when it comes our turn in the draft.

    Would love to see you play for one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game.

    Get well and I wish you the best.


  12. jbfazz1213 says: Jan 1, 2016 3:06 PM

    Falls Right 2 The Ravens @ Pick # 8

  13. dschilling2012 says: Jan 1, 2016 3:20 PM

    It’s a ACL or MCL. Not good

  14. Cavs2016NBAWorldChampions says: Jan 1, 2016 3:48 PM

    Yes injuries suck whoever takes Smith will end up with a bust. He was getting dominated. Name me one good LB from Notre Dame. I dont remember one.

    Hate to say it this injury may be the best thing for him. He was getting exposed as a fraud which is normal for Notre Dame penalties.

    And to the moron Bengal fan above, targeting isnt a stupid penalty and that was blatant targeting

    I have no idea what some of these alleged experts watch, o I forgot Todd McShay though Blaine Gabbert was an elite QB Prospect lmao

  15. Cavs2016NBAWorldChampions says: Jan 1, 2016 3:50 PM

    “Normal for ND players not penalties” above

  16. smw6230 says: Jan 1, 2016 4:59 PM

    “Yes injuries suck whoever takes Smith will end up with a bust. He was getting dominated.”

    Typical dumb osu fan. Smith was injured on osu’s 4th offensive play of the day, which was run away from his side of the field. Ah but according to osu slappy “he was getting dominated”.

  17. militantgod says: Jan 1, 2016 5:30 PM

    Yeah, you can’t blame Smith for Notre Dame’s horrid secondary and their horrible pass rush. BVG has to be fired as well. What an utter garbage coach. Bitzing Joe Schmidt? Hilarious to watch.

  18. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 1, 2016 6:59 PM

    Hear that noise? It’s Smith sliding off the draft board.

  19. mikeflorioshusband says: Jan 1, 2016 7:12 PM

    EVERYONE HANDS OFF SMITH!!! He’s now the property of Trent Baalke!

  20. 3yrsnfl says: Jan 1, 2016 8:57 PM

    bengalsfan2079 says: Jan 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    Targeting is a horribly lame penalty I mean unless it’s clear helmet to helmet contact which it wasn’t he went below his head a guy shouldn’t be thrown out.

    Lame? One reason speering is illegal is the guy doing the speering can break his freekin neck! Not a smart play.

    And…How come the Clemson players act like they won the Super Bowl when they make a tackle in the first quarter? Alot of over celebration and taunting. Didn’t see that in OSU/ND game.

  21. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 1, 2016 9:32 PM

    Wow, that was a damn cheap shot by the buckeyes.

    They were doing it all game.

  22. radrntn says: Jan 2, 2016 2:22 AM

    I feel bad for the kid. I wanted the raiders to draft him,but knew there was no chance as he is a top 5 pick. Would have said along with Bosa, Stanley, Tunsil, and Goff. If it is a knee ligament he might slide way down. Hoping he gets good news , and it is only a sprain.

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