GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Notre Dame standout linebacker Jaylon Smith was helped from the field with an apparent leg injury early in Friday’s Fiesta Bowl.
Smith, a junior and potential high NFL draft pick, landed awkwardly after being pushed by an Ohio State player and had to be helped off the field, putting no weight on his left leg.
A short time later, he was taken to the locker room on a cart.
The Bishop Luers graduate is Notre Dame’s leading tackler and winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker.
Notre Dame lost to Ohio State 44-28.
After the game Brian Kelly said that Smith suffered “a significant knee injury.”