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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith says he's back and Sunday's game proved it

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith says he's back and Sunday's game proved it”

Now that he has fully recovered from the ailment, Smith could help form a solid linebacking core group alongside Pro Bowler Sean Lee for the next several seasons. Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith made his National Football League debut for Dallas on Sunday night after almost two years away from the field.

"It's a long time coming", Smith said. Smith played most of the game and finished with seven tackles and a forced fumble. Or would he be a shell of his old self? And while the cornerback hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game at Denver, Moore says his status is more likely for Week 3's contest with Arizona.

According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Smith will be taking part in his first official game in the starting lineup at middle linebacker. But Smith played 36 compared to Durant's two.

Lee's comments pretty much echo what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared about the young linebacker, calling him a "cornerstone" piece. "Jaylon just kept gaining on it, kept going. He made some big plays for us out there, so I'm happy for him". Yet, it's hard not to root for the linebacker after what he went through to get back on the field. The injury damaged his peroneal nerve, and there were doubts as to whether Smith would ever play again. Smith started 39 games for Notre Dame and was considered a top-five draft talent until his injury.



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