Report: Smith expects full recover from ACL, LCL surgery


Jaylon Smith had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his knee on Thursday. And according to’s Brian Hamilton, a source close to the situation called the surgery a success.

Smith had the ACL and LCL repaired in his left knee. There was no sign of nerve damage, a rumor floating around since NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted it earlier in the week. But the immediate prognosis after the surgery is that Smith will be back to his normal self after rehabbing the injury.

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

Smith hasn’t declared whether that rehab will take place under the supervision of Notre Dame or an NFL team. He has until January 18th to decide whether or not to enter the NFL Draft as an underclassman. The true junior is coming off a consensus All-American season and the Butkus Award.