Despite his serious knee injury, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says the team won’t place Jaylon Smith on injured reserve to start the season. The Cowboys picked Smith in the second round of last week’s draft, surprising many who thought Smith would fall much further due to the condition of his knee, but Jones is optimistic. “We’ll take a chance he’ll be back for the playoffs.” Jones said on local Dallas radio last night. Smith tore his ACL and LCL in his left knee and also suffered nerve damage in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1st this year. Before that injury he was considered one of the best talents in this year’s draft, and while the knee is structurally sound after surgery the nerve damaged scared teams away, but with Dallas’ team physician Dr. Dan Cooper being the one who performed Smith’s surgery the Cowboys obviously feel confident that the nerve damage will fade away and Smith will make a full recovery. He will start training camp on the non-football injury list anyway, giving the Cowboys a good period of time to make a more permanent decision but the idea that Dallas could pick up one of the best talents in the draft on day 2 and he only misses a dozen or so games is a sickening thought for their division rivals.