Trouble for Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys used their three-week window to consider activating rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith from the non-football injury list, but the reality of the calendar has finally kicked in, and his season is over before it began.
Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys recognized the inevitable and shut Smith down for the seasonbecause of the lingering nerve damage from his knee injury in his final college game. The Cowboys used a speculative second-round pick on Smith, not really expecting him to contribute this year but leaving the possibility dangling like a carrot.
“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.”
If Smith can return to the field as the same kind of player he was at Notre Dame, the Cowboys will have bought low much in the way they did with guard La’El Collins(who went from potential first-round pick in 2015 to undrafted after his name was linked to a murder investigation, though he was never charged).