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Report: ‘No significant improvement’ in Jaylon Smith’s injured nerve

Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith has seen “no significant improvement” in his injured nerve.
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Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith has seen “no significant improvement” in his injured nerve, reports Ed Werder of ESPN.

Werder adds that it remains unlikely that Smith will play this coming season.

The linebacker sustained tears to the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. The injuries created nerve damage in his knee and ankle. In April, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Smith could miss the entire 2016 season. 

Smith was selected by the Cowboys in the second round of this year’s draft. He signed a four-year contact with the team. The Cowboys’ team doctor performed surgery on Smith’s knee and is confident he will make a full recovery.

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Prior to his injury, Smith was expected to be a top-10 draft pick. The linebacker had six games with at least 10 tackles for Notre Dame last season.