Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith could miss the 2016 NFL season after teams received his medical results, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports.
Smith, who tore his ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl, reportedly has teams concerned with nerve issues in his ankle and knee. Some teams believe he will have to sit out the 2016 season at minimum.
Once a projected top pick in the draft, the news likely casts even more doubt on his draft stock and perception. A consensus All-American in 2015, Smith opted to enter the draft despite his injuries after making 113 tackles for the Fighting Irish last season.
In January, SI’s Brian Hamilton reported Smith’s procedure “went about as well as it possibly could have” and that Smith’s knee had fared well with regard to nerve damage.