Jaylon Smith returns to practice first time since knee injury
OXNARD, CA —
The last time Jaylon Smith was wearing football pads was over a year and half ago, when he suffered a knee injury at the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2016. He tore several ligaments in his knee, which cost him an entire season.
But on Wednesday, the former Notre Dame linebacker practiced in pads for the first time.
Now that Smith is back, he is pushing to get on the field for the Cowboys as soon as possible. After practice this week he said he felt great, but mostly he enjoyed being back on the field.
"It's a great feeling, a huge accomplishment just being back on the field. It's been so long, I'm not sure how many days, but feels great to be back home," Smith said.
A reporter was quick to point out that it had been 572 days since he had taken the field. Smith responded, "572 days, wow that's a long time. It meant a lot, just to be out here with my teammates, just to compete, and I'm really looking forward to doing this again."