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LB Jaylon Smith 100% Healthy Entering 2018 Season

If you need any more reason to be excited about the upcoming , then look no further than their 2016 second-round draft pick, . His comeback story from the devastating knee he sustained in his last collegiate game at Notre Dame has been well-documented, but recent news suggests his journey has finally come full circle.

Once considered a top-five pick, Smith saw his draft stock plummet due to concerns he may never be able to step foot on the field ever again. Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys were willing to gamble he would be able to make a full recovery and once again become the player he was with the Fighting Irish.

The long and grueling rehab process couldn't have been easy to endure. Jaylon Smith was forced to pretty much redshirt his rookie season and played on a pitch count Year 2 while he continued to rehab, waiting for nerve regeneration that may never fully heal.

Luckily for him, he joined a team with a really good support system both on and off the field. A support system that just so happened to include his brother, . It's that support system that could have made a huge difference in his approach to rehab. An approach that may have finally paid off.

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Dallas Cowboys LBs and Jaylon Smith

All reports indicate Jaylon Smith is 100% healthy once again, or as close to it as possible. Rod Smith, his brother, said Jaylon is back to being as good as he was at Notre Dame. Jaylon however said he is even better than he was. But, they are not the only ones weighing in on Smith's health.

Director went on 103.3 FM Radio Monday morning and declared LB Jaylon 100 percent healthy from the injury he suffered in college that kept him out his rookie season in 2016 and had him on a pitch count in 2017.

Will McClay isn't the only one that has noticed a difference in Jaylon Smith. has said Smith has grown leaps and bounds from last year and are treating him like a player with no limitations.

“Again, he worked hard in his rehab. Coming into this he was able to take that brace off. I think that's freed him up a little bit,” Garrett said.

“And he just looks much more natural. So again, you'll have to ask him that very question, but from our point of view, he looks like he's moving around really well, changing direction really well, making a lot of plays. I think he's gaining more confidence with each day. We really don't have a plan for him right now. He's full-go and ready to practice every day with no limitation.”

All of these accounts certainly make it sound like Jaylon Smith's arrow is trending upwards and that he is as healthy as he has been since joining the Dallas Cowboys.

Luckily, we don't have long to see him in action. I don't know about you, but Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the in the Week 1 of the NFL can't get here soon enough.

Are you excited to see a 100% healthy Jaylon Smith this season?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Fobbs

Still a little gimpy from what I’ve seen not the best moving laterally but he’s looking be useful still. However saying zero limitations is a bit of a stretch.

washinma2424

What are you watching did you see him in the change direction drills? Also when he covered Besley watch the end when he turns side ways and plants off the so called “gimpy” foot you are talking about. Lets wait until we see him in action before we come to these little gimpy conclusions.

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