One year ago, just around this time, the Dallas Cowboys shocked many observers when they drafted linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round. Smith was coming off a horrific knee injury that had damaged a nerve and threatened his football career. Today, a source revealed that Smith has taken a huge step in his recovery by being able to lift his toes, a sign that his nerve is regenerating.
A source informed of Smith's prognosis said the nerve in Smith's knee has started to regenerate. There is still a long way to go, but he's slowly getting muscle control.
Smith can now lift up his toes and he can lift his foot. More good news. What no one knows is when or if the nerve will completely return to normal.
The article goes on to suggest the Cowboys are trying to minimize the expectations internally, but Stephen Jones was just on the radio recently saying that Dallas is more fired-up than ever about Smith.
Smith is still expected to play with a brace in 2017, and everyone makes sure to say that no one knows if he’ll ever fully return to what he was before the injury. But the fact that he is starting to be able to control his muscles in the foot is huge news. Smith is expected to participate in all offseason activities and will play in 2017 barring any setbacks.