Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith has 'great opportunity' for full nerve regeneration to start season

The Cowboys shared positive news Thursday regarding Jaylon Smith — last year's second round pick out of Notre Dame — and his battle to get back onto the field.

Smith sustained nerve damage from a severe left knee injury he suffered in his final college game. He missed all of last season because of the injury, but Dallas always felt confident he would get back to his old, dominant self.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that Smith's nerves have regenerated in his left foot to the point that he can now lift his toes.

During a Thursday morning Facebook Live interview, executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team has received even more good news regarding Smith.

"We're obviously so excited about the progress that Jaylon is making," Stephen Jones said. "We've actually had a report since the press conference and it's even more encouraging in terms of the progress that he's making. I really do think he has — it's in God's hands in terms of how you heal medically, but — a great opportunity to really start to have full regeneration as we close in on the season.

"Of course he's doing some incredible work out here already, with it not 100 percent. He's making huge jumps from each test, from each week in terms of the progress he's making. It's certainly encouraging where he's going. I think he's going to make a big difference for our football team this year before it's all said and done."

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