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55 Leighton Vander Esch OLB

Dallas Cowboys

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May 3, 2021 05:24 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Fifth-year option declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cowboys have declined Vander Esch's team option for 2022, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch's fifth-year option would have cost the Cowboys $9.145 million guaranteed for 2022, too steep a price for a player who missed 13 combined games over the last two seasons. With Dallas having selected Micah Parsons in the first round of this year's draft and Keanu Neal switching to linebacker, Vander Esch is staring down a contract year in which he could face real competition for snaps.

March 26, 2021 03:48 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Recovered from ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch no longer has an injury designation, David Helman of the team's official site reports.

After spending a handful of games in 2020 on the sidelines due to various injuries, Vander Esch is good to go for the upcoming year. In his 10 matchups during last season, the linebacker recorded 60 tackles (32 solo), one sack and one forced fumble. When healthy, Vander Esch flashed promise, posting a career high in tackles in 2019 (140) and seven pass breakups through 16 games.

January 17, 2021 11:44 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Battles through injuries again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch recorded 60 tackles (32 solo) while adding a sack and a forced fumble over 10 games in 2020.

The linebacker once again couldn't stay healthy, suffering a broken collarbone in Week 1 and then missing the final two games of the year with an ankle injury, but Vander Esch also wasn't as productive when he was on the field, and he only managed two games with double-digit tackles as his snap count was often limited. The Cowboys are bringing in a new defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn, which should help the unit's performance as a whole, but if LVE can't avoid landing on IR a couple times a year, a better scheme won't be enough for him to regain his 2018 form.

January 1, 2021 05:12 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Won't play Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

The 24-year-old will be sidelined for the second consecutive game to finish the regular season. The Cowboys will need to make the playoffs for Vander Esch to have a chance of returning to the field this season.

December 30, 2020 10:16 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Not practicing to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (ankle) was unable to practice Wednesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Vander Esch suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 15, and coach Mike McCarthy said the injury would likely lead to a multiweek absence. Considering the linebacker hasn't practiced or played since, it's looking increasingly unlikely that he'll be able to shorten that timetable, though there are still two more practices left for Vander Esch to show progress before Sunday's game against the Giants.

December 25, 2020 05:16 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Officially out Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Coach Mike McCarthy indicated earlier this week Vander Esch could miss multiple weeks after suffering the high-ankle sprain Week 15, so it's no surprise he won't be suiting up. The 24-year-old could also be forced to miss the final game of the regular season next week. Joe Thomas could have an increased defensive role for the Cowboys.

December 22, 2020 08:28 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Expected out multiple weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike McCarthy does not anticipate Vander Esch will be able to suit up Week 16 against the Eagles with his high-ankle sprain, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

The Boise State product departed during the third quarter of Sunday's 41-33 win over San Francisco, and a subsequent MRI revealed Vander Esch sustained a multi-week injury in the form of a high-ankle sprain. As such, it wouldn't be a surprise if the 24-year-old proved unable to return over the remainder of the regular season. Should the Cowboys remain alive in the playoff hunt heading into Week 17, it's possible a quicker turnaround is contemplated for the star linebacker.

December 21, 2020 03:28 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Dealing with high-ankle sprain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed the extent of his injury. The Cowboys aren't ruling him out for the Week 16 showdown against the Eagles, but it's tough to see a way that he'll be at 100 percent for the critical divisional matchup. If he's out or limited in that game, Sean Lee will be the main beneficiary. Lee filled in at middle linebacker when Vander Esch exited Sunday.

December 21, 2020 12:56 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Will undergo MRI on ankle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch is set to get an MRI on his injured ankle Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 2018 Pro Bowler stated postgame that he does not believe he suffered a broken ankle during Sunday's win over San Francisco, characterizing his injury as a high-ankle issue of some kind. An inability to stay on the field has plagued the 24-year-old linebacker, as he sat out seven games last season with a cervical neck stinger before going on IR in mid-September because of a broken collarbone. Joe Thomas would likely step back into the middle linebacker spot if Vander Esch were to miss additional time, just as he did Weeks 2 through 5 while amassing 35 tackles and a pair of pass breakups.

December 20, 2020 05:44 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Battling ankle sprain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Vander Esch went to the locker room in the third quarter after posting three tackles (one solo). Sean Lee came in as relief. Vander Esch has a lengthy history of injuries, and it'll be worth keeping an eye on his progress during the practice week ahead of next week's matchup against the Eagles.

December 20, 2020 03:40 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Hit with ankle injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against San Francisco, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 2018 Pro Bowler sustained his injury while assisting on a tackle of 49ers back Tevin Coleman at the 5:26 mark of the third quarter. Dallas has already endured four full games this season without the services of Vander Esch, and for now, Joe Thomas fills the 24-year-old's middle linebacker position.

November 24, 2020 12:52 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Leads Dallas defense again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch recorded 12 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Vikings.

He's picked up a dozen tackles in back-to-back games since the Cowboys' bye, and Vander Esch appears to be back in form after his early-season collarbone injury. He'll look to deliver another strong IDP performance in a Thanksgiving Day clash with Washington, which he also collected 12 tackles against in the teams' first meeting back in Week 7.

October 26, 2020 01:00 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Dozen tackles in ugly loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch racked up 12 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's loss to Washington.

With the Dallas offense only generating three points on the afternoon, the defense was rarely off the field, giving Vander Esch a chance to post strong IDP numbers. Having fully recovered from the broken collarbone he suffered in Week 1, LVE should resume his role at the heart of a Cowboys defense that has been one of the worst units in the league so far this season.

October 23, 2020 03:56 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Expects no limitations Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch said he "should be in there full time" Sunday against Washington, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 24-year-old returned from injured reserve and played 32 of 62 defensive snaps during Monday's loss to the Cardinals, but he doesn't expect to face the same limitations during this weekend's divisional matchup. Vander Esch should bring some stability to the middle of a Dallas defense that has struggled all season.

October 20, 2020 11:36 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Three tackles in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch had three tackles (two solo) and one pass breakup during Monday's 38-10 loss to Arizona.

The 24-year-old returned from a four-game absence Monday and played 32 of 62 defensive snaps. Vander Esch missed about a month due to the collarbone injury, and it appears the Cowboys were easing him back into the fold. He should continue to ramp up his workload against Washington in Week 7.

October 19, 2020 10:20 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Returning to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (collarbone) is listed as active Monday against the Cardinals.

Vander Esch is the linchpin of the Dallas defense, but he's also only played in three of the team's previous 14 games dating back to last season due to injury. For his career, he's averaged 8.7 tackles per game, so he's a decent enough bet to make an impact in the IDP realm in his first appearance since Week 1.

October 19, 2020 10:20 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Lifted from IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (collarbone) was activated from injured reserve Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Vander Esch is slated to return to the lineup for the first time since fracturing his collarbone in Week 1. It's unclear if the oft-injured middle linebacker will immediately step back into an every-down role, but he should at least start for the Cowboys defense. If he does start, Vander Esch should be considered a solid IDP option, as he averaged 8.5 tackles per game over his first two NFL seasons.

October 17, 2020 12:52 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Hopeful for Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cowboys are hopeful regarding Vander Esch's (collarbone) chances of returning for Monday's matchup with the Cardinals, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Vander Esch appears to be trending toward a return off injured reserve, as he has suffered no setbacks at practice this week. Still, the team has yet to activate him. He has been sidelined since fracturing his collarbone in Week 1.

October 15, 2020 01:24 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Practices again Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (collarbone) practiced Thursday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys are slated to practice in pads Friday, per Jane Slater of NFL Network. Once the team gets a chance to see how Vander Esch holds up in yet another padded session -- he did the same last Thursday -- he could be activated from IR this weekend in advance of Monday's game versus the Cardinals. Vander Esch hasn't played since fracturing his collarbone Week 1.

October 9, 2020 12:20 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Targeting Week 6 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Vander Esch (collarbone) will try to ramp up his practice activity next week in hopes of facing the Cardinals on Oct. 19, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Dallas' Week 6 game against Arizona is scheduled for Monday night, so Vander Esch will get the benefit of an additional day to get healthy. The Cowboys officially opened the star linebacker's 21-day window for return Wednesday, and while it looks as though there's no chance of Vander Esch playing against the Giants on Sunday, the team may not have to wait long before getting him back on the field.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 09/13@ LARL 17-2021300000
Sun 10/25@ WASL 3-25931200000
Sun 11/01@ PHIL 9-2311210010
Sun 11/08vs PITL 19-2433600000
Sun 11/22@ MINW 31-28481200000
Thu 11/26vs WASL 16-4143700000
Tue 12/08@ BALL 17-3432500000
Sun 12/13@ CINW 30-734700000
Sun 12/20vs SFW 41-3312300000
Sun 12/27@ DALL 17-3700000000
Sun 01/03@ NYGL 19-2300000000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2021DAL00000000000
2020DAL1010603228100000
2019DAL997243290.500003
2018DAL16111411033802562807
Total3530272 177.095 1.525628010
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/255
Birthdate:
02/08/1996
Age:
25
Hometown:
Riggins, ID
School:
Boise State
NFL Experience:
4
Awards: