Jaylon Smith's long return to football will conclude with Dallas' first defensive snap on Sunday evening.
Smith hasn't started a competitive game of football since he left Notre Dame's loss in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl with ACL and MCL tears. The potentially career-ending injury dropped Smith from the top five of the 2016 draft all the way to the second round, where the Cowboys took a chance on the linebacker.
Smith has progressed well this offseason, earning praise from owner Jerry Jones, coach Jason Garrett and a multitude of teammates along the way. The linebacker made his preseason debut in Week 2, and Smith recorded four tackles, including one for loss, in two preseason games.