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Draft Scout *Jaylon Smith News
10/18/17 - LB Jaylon Smith leads the team in tackles with 54, but he is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by Anthony Hitchens. Smith has no tackles for loss, only one quarterback pressure and no pass deflections.
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.