Jaylon Smith is confident he’ll be able to take the field when the Dallas Cowboys open up the season against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.
He participated in a team-oriented golf tournament today, telling reporters who attended the event that he was in great shape physically and expects to play in the season opener on September 10.
Of course, there is still cause for concern, mainly because Smith is still wearing a knee brace and isn’t positive his nerve damage will ever heal adequately enough to the point where he can play without it. Despite those concerns, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Smith was ready to be a part of team organized activities.
“Jaylon will be practicing,” Jones said. “What we want to do is keep him fresh. We’ll probably alternate days with him. When we get to those OTAs, you’ll probably see him every other day.”
If Smith is able to step foot on the field in pads during OTAs, that would be a strong sign he would be healthy enough to play in Dallas’ Week 1 tilt roughly a year and a half after suffering a brutal injury in the final game of his career at Notre Dame University.