Vander Esch (shin) isn't listed on the Tuesday injury report for Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.
There was some chatter about Vander Esch suffering an injury during a meaningless Week 17 contest, but fortunately for coach Jason Garrett, the rookie linebacker will be fine for the playoffs. Vander Esch finished the regular season third in the NFL with 140 tackles, quickly establishing himself as one of the better linebackers in the league.
Vander Esch (shin) is only dealing with a minor bruise, Jon Machota of the Dallas News reports.
Vander Esch exited Sunday's game against the Giants early in the fourth quarter after racking up nine total tackles. Thankfully, the linebacker didn't sustain any serious kind of injury and should be available for the Cowboys' first game of the postseason next Saturday against the Seahawks.
Vander Esch totaled 15 tackles during Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay.
The rookie out of Boise State one-upped his previous career high of 14 tackles from Week 5 and is now up to 131 tackles on the season. With the oft-injured Sean Lee (hamstring) clearly in a situational role at this point, Vander Esch should continue to handle a huge workload for the Cowboys in Week 17, despite the fact that Dallas has little to play for after locking up the No. 4 seed in the NFC over the weekend.
Vander Esch had 10 tackles (six solo) in Thursday's 13-10 win over the Saints.
Vander Esch's interception streak comes to an end after two games, but he continues the linchpin in the middle of the Cowboys defense. The 21-year-old leads Dallas with 102 tackles (77 solo) through 12 games and should be heavily relied upon going forward, even with Sean Lee's impending return from a hamstring injury.
Vander Esch recorded eight tackles (four solo), three passes defended and one interception during Sunday's 22-19 win over the Falcons.
Vander Esch has now recorded an interception in two consecutive games. The rookie first-round pick is quickly becoming a centerpiece in Dallas' defense, and was heavily involved in both pass coverage and run stopping during the Week 11 win. He'll look to log another impressive performance during Thursday's divisional tilt against the Redskins.