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Cowboys Place Leighton Vander Esch on Injury Reserve After News of Neck Surgery

Leighton Vander Esch

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.

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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