Report: Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith gets positive prognosis after surgery

BY Marcus Hartman • January 8, 2016

Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith suffered what was termed a "significant" knee injury in the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State, leading to a lot of uncertainty about what is next for the Butkus Award winner. 

Per, Smith had surgery to repair two knee ligaments on Thursday. 

"What we do know is there's going to be a full recovery," the source said. "The repair is solid, and he's very optimistic. We're optimistic. And Jaylon is ready to get going with his rehab."

Smith had been considered a possible top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft if he chose to skip his senior season, but he has not yet made an announcement about whether or not he will stay in school. 

The former five-star prospect has lived up to his billing in South Bend, totaling 293 tackles in his career so far. That includes 24.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. 

He led the Fighting Irish in tackles in 2015 with 114.

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