The Dallas Cowboys will "probably" activate rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith in hopes that he will be able to play at some point this season, vice-president Stephen Jones said during a radio interview on 105.3 The Fan Monday.
A final decision has not yet been made, according to a source.
But it might happen.
The Cowboys selected Smith in the second round out of Notre Dame despite Smith suffering a severe knee injury in his final bowl game that included nerve damage. He was placed on the non-football injury list to start the season.
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If the Cowboys didn't exercise the option of activating Smith before Tuesday's deadline, he would not have been able to play this season. The move means Smith is ready to play.
The nerve in his knee has yet to regenerate. His routine will not change. If it does start firing, the Cowboys have given themselves the of option of being able to use him. It's still unlikely Smith will play this season.
"It doesn't mean that anything will change with Jaylon in terms of his routine," Jones said. "I don't actually see him, even though he's eligible to practice. It just extends your period if we were to activate him."