02 May Could Jaylon Smith be ready to play in 2016?
Jaylon Smith was one of the best players in college football and was arguably considered the top prospect in the draft until he tore his ACL and LCL during Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. He had surgery to repair the injury in January and is extremely unlikely to play at all in the 2016 season. The surgery was actually performed by the Cowboys’ team doctor, so it’s possible they have more information about the health of Smith’s knee than any other team. Source: CBS Sports
I'm the best player in the draft. I just didn't get the opportunity to show it as far as the combine and draft process. Watch the film. Any game. It speaks for itself.
NFL Return to Play Study
Sixty-three percent (31 of 49) of NFL athletes returned to NFL game play at an average of 10.8 months after surgery. Age at time of surgery, position, and the type and number of procedures were not significantly different between those who did and did not return to play. Source: [Am J Sports Med. 2011]
Tweets about Jaylon Smith
"How about those @dallascowboys?"
— NFL (@NFL) April 29, 2016
Cowboys Grade for Smith: C-. How can they take this risk this high?
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 29, 2016
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2016
Amazing walking without the knee brace six days after being restricted for six weeks and feels fantastic! pic.twitter.com/dAW8OW09Ke
— Jaylon Smith (@thejaylonsmith) February 24, 2016
— David J. Chao, MD (@ProFootballDoc) February 26, 2016