Report: Teams think Jaylon Smith will miss “at least” 2016 season

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If Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith were healthy, there are people who think he would have gone at the top of the first round of the draft this year but he isn’t after tearing his ACL and MCL during the Fiesta Bowl in January.

That made his outlook for the start of the season a dicey one, but a team picking Smith may need to wait even longer than that. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the exam found “ankle and knee nerve issues” that have added to concerns about Smith’s help. After watching a video that Smith posted online this week noting the lack of a brace for his ligament injuries, former Chargers team doctor David Chao pointed out that he was wearing a brace that indicated a nerve issue.

Per the report, teams believe that Smith will miss “at least” the 2016 season as a result of the problems.

We’ve seen teams use early picks on players coming off ligament tears and other severe injuries plenty of times, but the possibility of a chronic problem will likely prove to have a more significant impact on where Smith lands come the draft. We’ll surely hear more about Smith’s health as teams do further digging into Smith’s health.

35 responses to “Report: Teams think Jaylon Smith will miss “at least” 2016 season

  1. Tough break. He had free tuition, I hope he got his degree. I mean a degree from ND is nothing to sneeze at.

  2. Which is why it’s laughable to think he will go in the top20. Best case he comes back by late November but then you have to bench your starting linebacker for a guy who has been out since January.

  3. Marcus Lattimore. Will this finally put to rest the silly homers calling for him to go to the Bears?

    As it stands in the LB class right now there’s Myles Jack (even coming off his own injury but far less severe) and everyone else.

  4. Da’Quan Bowers was being hyped as a possible #1 pick overall. Went in the second and never lived up to that slotting.
    Possible nerve damage? Day 3.

  5. Please it’s not like lattimore it was his first injury ever ,Jaylons work ethic is sick he’ll be back I wouldn’t bet against him he’s not even 20 yrs old yet also ,

  6. spiffybiff says:

    Which is why it’s laughable to think he will go in the top20. Best case he comes back by late November but then you have to bench your starting linebacker for a guy who has been out since January.

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    No, best case scenario is you give him the time he needs to heal and he realizes his potential and becomes a very good/great/all-pro linebacker. That said, I hope a team smart enough not to rush him back grabs him. Seems like a 2nd or 3rd rounder if this report is true to me.

  7. He`s slipping a LONG way, with nerve issues. Probably won`t draft in the first three rounds. La`el Collins went undrafted last year, that might happen here with Jaylon. That way he gets to choose his team.

  8. “Please it’s not like lattimore it was his first injury ever ,Jaylons work ethic is sick he’ll be back I wouldn’t bet against him he’s not even 20 yrs old yet also ,”

    June 14th 1995, he`s 20.

  9. spiffybiff says:
    Feb 26, 2016 6:18 PM
    Which is why it’s laughable to think he will go in the top20. Best case he comes back by late November but then you have to bench your starting linebacker for a guy who has been out since January.
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    OR you are a good team with depth that can wait. Those teams do exist.

  10. Definitely sounds like teams trying to get him to fall.

    He might miss more than 2016? Doubtful. Come September 2017, hell be 21 months removed from the injury.

    Unlikely he misses that long.

    Also, nerve ‘damage’ is common 6 weeks removed from surgery. Much longer than that, as well.

    Saw discussion about the peroneal tendon being involved. Had that surgery 8 months ago, among other things. When operating on multiple things, nerves may be moved around to reach the area. Some feeling may be lost temporarily, and it’s common. Took me 6 months before the numbness was gone in spots. Told it was totally common.

    Seems like much ado about nothing. It’s probably preventative and is likely nothing to be overly concered with. Smith will likely have more medical evals in April, for teams to get most up to date diagnosis.

  11. It reminds me of that RB San Fran picked up a few years ago Lattimore? He was a stud in college but occurred a nasty knee injury prior to the draft. He was considered a steal when the 49ers grabbed him in th 3-5th round but now I haven’t heard anything about him. I wish Jaylon the best, he seems like a real stand up kid, I hope he comes back and lights the league on fire.

  12. There seems to be a belief among some fans that there is somehow a new miracle cure today for blown ACLs. As a guy who has torn both my left and my right ACL, I can tell you that this isn’t the case. Yes, the surgery is quicker and cleaner now, and yes they start the rehab sooner, but it is still a long, difficult road back even for guys whose surgery was a pretty straightforward ACL reconstruction. If you have nerve damage, now it gets even tougher, as it is very tough to project how quickly or fully those nerves will regenerate.

  13. Did ya bother following your source’s twitter feed after he threw that out?

    I’m expecting CBS Sports to hire him an expert on in-game injuries next.

  14. Also flying under the radar is the news that Jaylon weighed in 10+ lbs lighter at the combine than his listed college weight. Low 220s IIRC. Of course if he hasn’t been able to work out to keep the muscle on that could be directly related but in any event it’s been a tough few days in Indy for his draft stock.

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