The Dallas Cowboys continue to play the waiting game with Jaylon Smith’s injured right knee.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Smith has experienced “no significant improvement” in the nerve he damaged during a horrific knee injury to end his collegiate career. His playing status for next season remains “unlikely.”
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 29, 2016
The Cowboys took Smith with 34th overall pick in the 2016 draft, knowing full well the risk associated with taking a player with a severely damaged nerve in his right knee. The former Notre Dame star suffered the injury in January during Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Dallas now has to wait for the nerve in his knee to re-fire. Once it does, he’ll have a chance to re-establish himself as a star linebacker for the Cowboys. But there’s no set timetable for when his knee will begin to recover.
The expectation has been for some time that Smith will miss the 2016 season, with 2017 as a target date for when he’ll make his NFL debut.