After holding out hope that he would get the chance to play, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to officially end Jaylon Smith's season.
According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys have officially ended the linebacker's season, by placing Smith on the reserve non-football injury list.
The move is not surprising considering the second-round pick of the Cowboys has lingering nerve damage in his knee, after suffering a brutal injury in his final college game. The Cowboys used the pick on him not expecting him to be able to contribute this season, but as more of a long-term payoff.
It was Cowboys' owner/GM Jerry Jones who held out hope that Smith could take the field, but those hopes were a long shot at best.
“We don’t have him on permanent [injured reserve] because we really haven’t given up that he could have enough nerve regeneration that he could compete,” owner Jerry Jones said prior to the transaction on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know where that is, only God knows. But on the other hand, I do know how he’s rehabbed. I do know what he’s about. He’s even more than we had expected.
“He unequivocally is going to be an outstanding defensive player for us, maybe a cornerstone player for us. So we’re way ahead of the game as far as acquiring talent for the future, with him alone.”
The Cowboys are betting on the fact that Smith could return to the field as the same kind of player he was as a member of Notre Dame.
Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram · Photo Credit: The Football Feed