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Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith confident he’ll play Week One

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When the Cowboys open the season against the Giants on Sunday Night Football, Dallas middle linebacker Jaylon Smith is confident he’ll be on the field.

Smith played in a team-organized golf tournament today and told reporters on the course that he’s in good shape and expects to play in the Cowboys’ September 10 season opener.

Still, there are reasons to be concerned, namely that Smith is still wearing a knee brace and is unsure whether his nerve damage will ever heal sufficiently that he can play without it. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Smith is ready for organized team activities.

“Jaylon will be practicing,” Jones said. “What we want to do is keep him fresh. We’ll probably alternate days with him. When we get to those OTAs, you’ll probably see him every other day.”

If Smith can get on the field in pads at OTAs, that’s the strongest sign yet that he can, indeed, get on the field for real in Week One, a year and a half after suffering a gruesome injury in the last game of his college career.

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21 Responses to “Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith confident he’ll play Week One”
  1. jimnaizeeum says: May 10, 2017 7:17 PM

    Smith played in a team-organized golf tournament today

    Say no more, if he can play golf he is ready for the NFL…I would bet the under.

  2. charliecharger says: May 10, 2017 7:23 PM

    I hope so, and I also help his knee can withstand the game. I don’t even care if he plays that well. It would be nice to see him on the field. I’m sure the bowl game people are hopeful too.

  3. medialovesthecowboys says: May 10, 2017 7:27 PM

    I don’t see it. “It” being the Cowboys playing as well as they did last year. They’ve had to fill a lot of holes. But if anyone can ramp up a hadndful of rookies on defense, it’s Marinelli.

  4. therealraider says: May 10, 2017 7:41 PM

    The guy just started wiggling his toes recently. There has to be atrophy. If he’s able to suit up and run stride for stride with his guys by September, I will be shocked. I hope he’s able to, but we’ll see.

  5. stucats says: May 10, 2017 8:03 PM


    Cowboys Nation is praying you play by week 1 so you can hammer Eli Manning in the mouth!

  6. devanchase says: May 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    Rooting for him! Seems to be a nice humble guy.

  7. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says: May 10, 2017 8:24 PM

    The kid must have a big heart and a lot of determination to come all the way back. Good for you!

  8. sportoficionado says: May 10, 2017 8:37 PM

    Sunday night. Game on.

  9. bighoser says: May 10, 2017 8:41 PM

    The kid is tough but this is a LOT of hot air and wishful thinking. Look up “drop foot and lingering nerve damage” and see if anybody ever played in an NFL game after suffering such a gruesome injury, Marcus Lattimore couldn’t come back and play either but at least the Niners only wasted a 4th rounder on him. Smith will go down as yet another 2nd round bust by Jerrah.

  10. Marcus Vick says: May 10, 2017 8:52 PM

    He ever gets healthy, he’ll be a stud and he’s a good kid too

  11. The previous play is under review. says: May 10, 2017 8:55 PM

    Rooting for Jaylon but the Cowboys wasted a 2nd round pick on him and he may never get to play in a single game.

    The Cowboys do not make rational decisions i.e. Randy Gregory.

  12. breadmeatcheese says: May 10, 2017 8:57 PM

    isn’t there some nerve regenerating stem cell treatment he can get in switzerland or another country that is not the u.s.?

  13. suncawy says: May 10, 2017 9:54 PM

    It’s a wait and see approach at this point. Everyone is different, so even though someone who may have nerve damage may never regenerate that nerve, another person just might have that nerve regenerate. Hopefully, its Jaylon. So, even though Marcus Lattimore couldn’t comeback, you just don’t know with Jaylon. Miracles can happen.

  14. troubledoneswhobathe says: May 10, 2017 10:38 PM

    Wrong. He will be playing checkers with Tiny Bridgewater.

  15. youafool says: May 10, 2017 10:43 PM

    Just inject the HGH right in that sucker knee will be firing in no time

  16. dallashomer says: May 10, 2017 11:19 PM

    I hope he plays and I hope he dominates. Then again, I’m a Cowboys fan.

  17. jerrysglassescleaner says: May 11, 2017 2:51 AM

    Jaylon at 100% can be a top 3 LB. Jaylon at 80% is still a top 10 LB. HE IS THAT GOOD! Especially playing along side Sean Lee?!??? Come on. Kid is going to be more than just fine.

  18. dirtydrynn27 says: May 11, 2017 8:41 AM

    Didnt this guy say the same thing last year?……He played golf so now he is ready for NFL????….I dont think so

  19. milehighcityboss says: May 11, 2017 11:21 AM

    jerrysglassescleaner says:
    May 11, 2017 2:51 AM
    Jaylon at 100% can be a top 3 LB. Jaylon at 80% is still a top 10 LB. HE IS THAT GOOD! Especially playing along side Sean Lee?!??? Come on. Kid is going to be more than just fine.


    The kid hasn’t played a down in the NFL and possibly never will and you already think he can be a top 3 or top 10 LB in the NFL? Chill… baby steps.

  20. ndnation23 says: May 11, 2017 1:56 PM

    milehigh…yes, because the kid has killer instincts. Which usually can make up for lack of athleticism in football.

  21. cwon14 says: May 11, 2017 2:37 PM

    I’m all for him but the medical situation isn’t that encouraging if you’re rationalizing a drop foot brace for life.

    He’ll look fine on straight line drills etc. but he’ll never have the balance and cutting motions needed to play well. I hope there are serious medical people around to stop him if required. I hope the re-injury risks are well considered as well. Better a brace then cane or wheelchair for life.

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