Jaylon Smith, Linebacker
After suffering a major knee injury in January of 2016, some believed Notre Dame star linebacker Jaylon Smith may never be the same. And due to the nerve damage he also suffered, some thought the young man might never play football again.
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So, the fact Jaylon Smith started for the Cowboys in Week One of the 2017 regular season at middle linebacker is truly amazing. The 22-year old worked himself back from the injury, sitting out all of last season, and was able to make a significant contribution to Dallas’ victory over the Giants on Sunday.
Smith ranked second on the team with seven total tackles. His game has grown with every outing, starting in the preseason.
For a player many believe would never regain his previous form, Jaylon Smith has defied the odds and appears well on his way to being a key contributor for the Cowboys this season. That’s something many of us could not even imagine just a few short months ago. Now, it’s a reality.