Jaylon Smith ready for long-awaited NFL debut

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In truth, it doesn’t matter how Jaylon Smith plays this week or this season. Just the fact that he has returned to game action is a victory in itself.

Some teams dropped Smith from their draft boards after his devastating knee injury on Jan. 1, 2016, their team doctors questioning whether Smith would ever get back on the field.

The Cowboys linebacker, though, never doubted.

I knew it would come,” Smith said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s just a matter of God’s timing.”

Smith tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee during Notre Dame’s bowl game, damaging the peroneal nerve. The Cowboys drafted Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft and used last season as a redshirt season as they waited for the nerve to regenerate.

After playing 27 snaps in the preseason, Smith is ready for his NFL debut Sunday. The Cowboys will keep him on a snap count against the Giants, letting him share snaps with Justin Durant at middle linebacker.

“Right now it’s all about executing the game plan that we put together, and it’s something I’m all in,” Smith said. “The past is a bucket of ashes. For me, those things they’ve occurred; they’ve happened. But it’s about living in the now. It’s Week One. It’s time to prepare.”

13 responses to “Jaylon Smith ready for long-awaited NFL debut

  1. Jaylon Smith is a remarkable human being. Not only has he returned from a very complicated injury through his hard work, but he is in the process of recapturing the brilliance he once had on the football field. Anyone watching him practice from otas, through training camp saw him progress from jogging to full speed in such a rapid rate, to cutting and changing direction(and maintaining speed). It is amazing that he is still not even 100% yet, and will only get better and better as the season goes along. It has to be hell for him to go through all of this but I’ve never seen him during an interview, practice, game or even in person not smiling and having an overall positive outlook and appearance.

  2. Jaylon Smith is an exceptional athlete. That being said
    he suffered a horrible injury and no matter what fans
    choose to believe, he still has not fully recovered.
    Hopefully he will get closer to his potential and
    play to the level of his old self.
    The key is to to allow realistic evaluations. We all will
    watch him thinking he is superman. He will be able to
    play, with but his injury will show up the more plays he
    is in. The fatigue factor will be the biggest factor or
    hurdle. Look for the Cowboys to limit snaps to around
    20 – 25 a game early …with the hope he starts to regain
    the ability to play on most downs.

  3. I’m happy for him even though I’m an Eagles fan. Tough thing to go through. Hate to see injuries stop competition. His brother looks to be a decent player as well.

  4. Most of you comment and don’t even know what he has been thru. You see The Cowboys so he sucks right ? This man destroyed his knee playing in a bowl game for Notre Dame the last game of his college career. Did not refuse to play like a lot of 1st rounders did and have. He honored his commitment to the college. He actually had to wait for nerves to re grow in his knee. Dallas picked him 2 yrs ago knowing that. so for all you people seeing Cowboys and disrespecting this man atleast give him credit for what he has done.

  5. it’s nice to read a positive story for once on this site about an NFL player instead of all the national anthem crap and violence and race issues from some goof ball players.

  6. steelpalace5000 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    Most of you comment and don’t even know what he has been thru. You see The Cowboys so he sucks right ? This man destroyed his knee playing in a bowl game for Notre Dame the last game of his college career. Did not refuse to play like a lot of 1st rounders did and have. He honored his commitment to the college. He actually had to wait for nerves to re grow in his knee. Dallas picked him 2 yrs ago knowing that. so for all you people seeing Cowboys and disrespecting this man atleast give him credit for what he has done.

    What comments are you reading?

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