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Draft Scout *Jaylon Smith News
10/02/17 - LB Jaylon Smith led the Cowboys with 10 tackles against the Rams and continues to be the season-long tackles leader after missing last season with a college knee injury. But the numbers don't tell all the story as Smith has largely been a liability on defense, making most of his tackles down the field.
10/01/17 - LB Jaylon Smith led the team in tackles with 10 in the absence of LB Sean Lee (hamstring).
09/01/17 - LB Justin Durant and Jaylon Smith will likely share the starting job in place of the injured Anthony Hitchens at middle linebacker. Durant was signed before training camp as insurance for Damien Wilson. He is a part-time player this point in his career and will likely play on passing downs. Smith is coming off a knee injury of his own. The Cowboys are being deliberate with him. He is likely a first- and second-down player.
08/21/17 - LB Jaylon Smith made his professional debut against the Colts on Saturday, playing only 12 snaps. But he made a third down stop for his first tackle in 596 days.
Smith endured a long journey back to football. He was out of game action for almost 19 months after sustaining a severe knee injury in Notre Dame's bowl game on Jan. 1, 2016. Smith tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee. Damage to the peroneal nerve was more problematic.
08/07/17 - LB Jaylon Smith is inching closer to getting back on the field after a horrific leg injury.
Smith is healthy enough to play football, according to Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones, but the Cowboys will remain painstakingly deliberate in how they bring him along after he missed all of last season because of an ACL tear and significant nerve damage in his left leg.
Smith didn't play last week in the preseason opener in the Hall of Fame game against the Arizona Cardinals. The team has yet to decide if he will play in the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
Jones said there have been no setbacks in Smith's recovery, adding that there are signs that the linebacker will soon play in a game.
"We are seeing how he progresses," Jones said.
"No need to jump ahead and make a decision whether it's this week or next week. We will see how he progresses this week and see how he responds. ... The time will come when we decide has he had enough to put him in a game situation against the Rams."