Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith was expected to fully participate in the team’s rookie minicamp, but head coach Jason Garrett says the 2016 second-round pick will continue to have his reps monitored.
Smith missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury suffered in his final college game, and Garrett said Sunday the linebacker will only go through the meetings and walkthroughs.
“He’s going to do the veteran stuff on the field on Tuesday and Thursday, so I don’t anticipate him doing a lot on the field over the weekend,” Garrett said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Smith’s inability to play in his first NFL season was partly due to the nerves in his knee failing to regenerate, but he has reportedly experienced progress lately, regaining muscle control and the ability to lift his toes and foot.
“It seemed like he handled the work well last week, and he’s just done an amazing job right from the start with his rehab, taking it day by day, making progress, and we’ll continue to do that,” Garrett said. “If he takes that approach, that’s when he’s going to have his most success. That’s what he’s done up to this point.”
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