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55 Leighton Vander Esch OLB

Dallas Cowboys

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May 18, 2020 01:56 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Announces return to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) said Monday he is "doing wonderful" in his recovery from neck surgery and is "ready to roll," Patrik Walker of CBSSports.com reports.

"I'm ready to go and healthy as ever," Vander Esch said. After having undergone neck surgery mid-January to address an injury that limited him to nine games in 2019, the 24-year-old now appears ready to resume on-field drills whenever the Cowboys ultimately reconvene for offseason activities. After having stormed out of the gates with 140 tackles as a rookie, Vander Esch will no doubt secure another three-down role in Dallas' linebacker corps if he can stay fully healthy to kick off the 2020 campaign.

February 27, 2020 10:24 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Making strides in recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Owner Jerry Jones said Vander Esch (neck) is "100 percent [healthy] in my eyes" at the 2020 NFL Combine on Thursday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch underwent neck surgery mid-January and appears to be making substantial progress in his recovery, but he has yet to receive full medical clearance and is expected to be limited leading up to training camp. A more substantial update on the 24-year-old's health should arrive as the start of OTAs approaches. He was forced to miss the last six games of the 2019 campaign due to nerve issues.

February 25, 2020 12:04 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: To have limitations in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Stephen Jones, Vander Esch (neck) will "likely have limitations up to training camp," Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

Vander Esch's neck surgery in mid-January reportedly went well, and while he's expected to make a full recovery, the team believes he'll be limited leading up to camp. An update on the linebacker's status should emerge closer to the start of OTAs.

January 22, 2020 04:20 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Full recovery anticipated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said Tuesday that Vander Esch's recent neck surgery "went well," putting the linebacker on track for the start of Dallas' offseason program, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch required the procedure after experiencing nerve issues that forced him to sit out the final six contests of the season. The 2018 first-round pick should be good to go for the start of OTAs in April. He'll be in store for his usual every-down role on defense in 2020 and should rank among the top linebackers in IDP leagues after registering 212 tackles over the first 25 contests of his career (8.4 per game).

January 15, 2020 10:36 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Undergoes neck surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch had neck surgery Tuesday and expects to be ready for the offseason program, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

The surgery is supposed to alleviate the nerve issues that forced him to miss seven total games in 2019, including the final six games of the season. Vander Esch is expected to be healthy by the time OTAs start in April. The 23-year-old played a three-down role on defense this year, racking up 72 tackles and three pass breakups.

December 24, 2019 05:12 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Heading for neck surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Jason Garrett confirmed Monday that Vander Esch will undergo a "minimally invasive" neck procedure and will be placed on injured reserve, Nick Shook of NFL Network reports.

Vander Esch missed the last five games due to the neck inflammation, and he'll undergo the surgery after recently being reevaluated. The good news is the 23-year-old is expected to be fully healthy in time for training camp. Vander Esch finished the 2019 campaign with 43 tackles (29 solo), a half-sack and a forced fumble in nine games.

December 22, 2019 02:52 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: MRI on Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch will have an MRI on his injured neck Monday, where he'll either be cleared or shut down for the year, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on their Sunday morning pregame show.

Vander Esch's absence has been felt in the previous four games, and now Sean Lee is less than 100 percent. We'll see whether the Cowboys will get Vander Esch back for Week 17.

December 18, 2019 09:12 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Ruled out against Eagles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) won't play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch will miss a fifth straight game, and there's no guarantee he'll return this season. Gehlken explained that while the neck has reacted well to rest, the second-year linebacker is still unable to resume football activities. Sean Lee will start at strongside linebacker Sunday, and Joe Thomas (ankle) will fill in on the weakside if he can shake off his injury. However, if Thomas isn't ready in time, either Chris Covington or newly acquired Malcolm Smith will take over.

December 17, 2019 02:28 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Likely to miss Week 16
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Eagles, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Vander Esch is on track to miss his fifth straight game, and the Cowboys' linebacking corps is battered behind him. Joe Thomas suffered a knee injury in this past Sunday's win over the Rams, and Luke Gifford sustained a long-term arm injury in the same contest. That leaves Sean Lee -- who was outstanding against the Rams -- and Chris Covington as the team's outside linebackers. The Cowboys worked out Malcolm Smith and Ray-Ray Armstong on Tuesday to add depth, but both are major downgrades from Vander Esch.

December 13, 2019 05:08 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Ruled out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Vander Esch has been unable to play since Week 11. With Sean Lee (pectoral) questionable, Joe Thomas could see additional snaps.

December 11, 2019 02:16 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Trending in wrong direction
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) didn't have a further evaluation as planned Monday, but the Cowboys don't plan to put him on IR yet, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

The fact that the Cowboys are pondering IR for Vander Esch puts the second-year linebacker on track to miss a fourth straight game, and his absence from Wednesday's practice supports that notion. Coach Jason Garrett does believe Vander Esch's condition is improving, so possibly the team is hoping he'll be healthy for playoffs.

December 8, 2019 01:08 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Under evaluation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Jason Garrett said Sunday that Vander Esch is slated to undergo more testing on his neck Monday, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. "We're going to do right by Leighton Vander Esch," Garrett added.

The team already stated Friday that there's no timetable for Vander Esch's return, as tests Monday should give a better indication. The 2018 first-round pick has been shut down since Week 11 with the injury and is "chomping at the bit to play." If Vander Esch continues to miss time, veteran Sean Lee should continue to handle an elevated workload in his absence.

December 6, 2019 06:12 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: No timetable for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys will take Vander Esch's recovery from a neck stinger "day by day, week by week," Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports. "He's not going to rush back and we're not going to rush him back," Garrett added.

Vander Esch initially suffered the injury Week 7 against the Eagles, and while he attempted to play through the pain Weeks 10 and 11, the team has effectively shut him down in the meantime. Per Garrett, Vander Esch doesn't have a timetable to return but is "chomping at the bit to play." Veteran Sean Lee has been handling an elevated workload in Vander Esch's absence.

December 4, 2019 08:20 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Out Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) has been ruled out for Thursday's game at Chicago, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 23-year-old will miss his third straight game due to the neck injury, which should result in Joe Thomas seeing expanded defensive work once again. Given the nature of the injury, Vander Esch preached patience regarding his return, saying, "I want to be able to play for 10 to 12 years, not four [years]."

December 2, 2019 12:12 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Won't practice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) will not practice Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch hasn't yet practiced this week, and he's missed the last two games due to a lingering neck injury. The second-year linebacker is trending in the wrong direction for Thursday's tilt against the Bears. If he were forced to sit out a third straight contest, Joe Thomas would once again stand to play an expanded role on defense.

December 1, 2019 09:16 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: No practice Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) was a non-participant for Sunday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch has missed the last two games while nursing the neck injury and, as evidenced by this news, appears already on track to miss his third straight clash. His availability will become clearer as the week goes on, but if he is forced to miss the game, look for Joe Thomas to continue to see an uptick in snaps.

November 27, 2019 04:56 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Missing second straight game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) is ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bills, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Vander Esch didn't practice all week after undergoing an MRI last Thursday, and he's set to miss his third game of the season due to the neck injury. Joe Thomas should see an uptick in snap share again while Sean Lee continues to handle a hefty workload as well.

November 22, 2019 07:24 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Out with neck injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch (neck) won't play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Word first surfaced Thursday that Vander Esch recently underwent an MRI to gather more information on his neck issue, which also forced an absence in Week 9. Coach Jason Garrett gave confirmation Friday that Vander Esch would be sidelined again this week, and the linebacker also appears in danger of missing time beyond Sunday. The Cowboys may ask Sean Lee to handle a three-down role alongside Jaylon Smith this weekend in New England.

November 22, 2019 04:28 AM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Unlikely to play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch isn't expected to play Sunday at New England due to a lingering neck injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Vander Esch's neck flared up Thursday, spurring him to undergo an MRI. Previously, he sat out Week 9 as a result of the issue but posted 18 tackles (10 solo) in the Cowboys' ensuing two contests. Having said that, he likely will be on the inactive list Sunday, with potentially more absences on tap. According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Vander Esch will undergo an evaluation in a couple weeks to see if inflammation has reduced. In the meantime, Sean Lee will cover for Vander Esch at weakside linebacker.

November 12, 2019 07:44 PM
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Big effort in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vander Esch recorded 13 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

After missing last week's game with a neck injury, Vander Esch looked in top form as he tied Jaylon Smith for the team lead in tackles while trying to contain Dalvin Cook. Vander Esch has delivered double-digit tackles four times in eight games, and even with the Week 9 absence, he's on pace for 126 tackles this season.

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Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020DAL00000000000
2019DAL997243290.500003
2018DAL16111411033802562807
Total2520212 145.067 0.525628010
 
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Height/Weight:
6-4/255
Birthdate:
2/8/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Riggins, ID, USA
School:
Boise State
NFL Experience:
3
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