Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) is attended to after being injured in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA College football game against Ohio State, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri
January 01, 2016

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Notre Dame standout linebacker Jaylon Smith was helped from the field with a left knee injury early in Friday's Fiesta Bowl.

Smith, a junior and potential high NFL draft pick, landed awkwardly after being pushed by an Ohio State player and had to be helped off the field, putting no weight on his leg.

A short time later, he was taken to the locker room on a cart.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly called the injury ''significant'' after the game.

Smith is Notre Dame's leading tackler and winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.

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AP College Football website: collegefootball.ap.org

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