Jaylon Smith will officially resume his football career this weekend, and may very well start for the Dallas Cowboys.
After missing the entire 2016 season following a devastating injury in his final college game at Notre Dame, the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State, Smith has returned to the field.
He appeared in three of the Cowboys’ four preseason games this year, starting one, and registering four tackles.
It is a huge step after nerve damage had some NFL executives saying that he may never play at the next level. Now, he’s set to start on the game’s biggest stage. ESPN’s Todd Archer spoke to his fellow linebacker Sean Lee about Smith’s big step forward.
Jaylon Smith is likely to start Sunday’s game vs. the Giants and he has no bigger fan than the linebacker next to him, Sean Lee. “I’m extremely comfortable with him,” Lee said. “The type of work he’s put in to come back, what he’s looked like in the OTAs, what he’s looked like in training camp, he’s ready to play.”
Smith was in line to be one of the first players taken in the 2016 NFL Draft before the Fiesta Bowl injury. Now, he has a chance to add to a Cowboys class that already features Ezekiel Elliott, one of the best running backs in the league already, and Dak Prescott, a Pro Bowl quarterback as a rookie.
The Cowboys and Giants kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.