The Dallas Cowboys play their second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night. Linebacker Jaylon Smith won’t make his debut this weekend, but he could make his long-awaited return to the gridiron next week when the Cowboys host the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
The team apparently wants Smith to gain more experience in practice before taking the field for game action, according to Archer.
Smith has been slowing rehabbing from a gruesome knee injury suffered in the final game of his collegiate career at Notre Dame. The second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft missed his entire rookie season to recover from the injury, but has been an increased participant in training camp this year.
The Cowboys are hopeful Smith can remain healthy and become a contributor in 2017. Smith was a consensus top-10 draft pick before suffering his injury, so the Cowboys might have gotten an incredible bargain if he can get healthy going forward.
However, counting on Smith’s health after such a gruesome injury is a lot to ask for. Patience is still required.