Dallas Cowboys’ second year linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will not return to the field until next season. After receiving news of an upcoming surgery, the Cowboys placed the linebacker on injury reserve.
Vander Esch has been dealing with a neck injury that has held him to playing only nine games this season. Having not played since the Cowboys’ outing against the Lions on Nov. 17, Vander Esch has been undergoing tests to see what is need to for him to make a return. Some good news came to light as NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported on the situation.
Good news for #Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch: Following a series of tests, doctors determined that minimally invasive surgery will fix nerve issue in his neck that cut short his season, sources say. He’ll have surgery in the next few weeks & should be back long before camp.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 23, 2019
After the upcoming surgery, Vander Esch is expected to make a full recovery before camp. In addition, the minimally invasive procedure is anticipated to ease and future injuries regarding the linebackers neck.
In his nine games this season, Vander Esch acquired 72 combined tackles, 29 assisted tackled and a forced fumble. The 2018 Pro Bowl and second team All-Pro’s injury was a major hit to the Cowboys’ linebacker corps this season, but fortunately, he is set to make a return long before the beginning of the 2020 NFL season.
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