Jaylon Smith to play Week 1?

by Anthony Cervino | Cowboys Correspondent | Thu, May 11th 7:51am EDT

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (knee) told the media that he will play in the season opener against the New York Giants. (Todd Archer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact:

Smith, the Cowboys' second-round pick in 2016, missed his entire rookie season with a severe knee injury suffered in a bowl game. Although he is still recovering from the injury, he is back on the field training and running, which is a good sign for his future. Smith also told the media that "the nerve that has affected his left foot is continuing to improve and he hopes to not need a brace when the season starts." Brace or no brace, Smith is fully expected to make his NFL debut in Week 1 against the Giants, barring an injury setback of course. He is worth a look in fantasy leagues that include IDP as his upside is sky high on a team desperate for marquee defensive contributors.

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