29 Feb Jaylon Smith’s knee injury causing concerns with NFL teams
After medical exams at the NFL’s scouting combine on Friday, multiple teams continue to have concerns about Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith’s recovery from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee after questions have arisen regarding possible nerve damage. Multiple teams have made the decision to fail Smith on the physical after his exam on Friday, and sources with three teams at the combine said they do not intend to draft Smith.
While walking around Lucas Oil Stadium for the combine, Smith has been seen in an ankle/foot orthosis brace — a device ESPN injury analyst and physical therapist Stephania Bell said is used specifically to treat issues in the ankle and foot, given that it supports the foot and helps the toes clear the floor to walk. According to Bell, nerves don’t have to be torn during an injury like Smith’s knee injury to be damaged, and nerves are “unpredictable tissue” when it comes to healing.