Vander Esch to miss at least eight weeks of 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Leighton Vander Esch is one of the best linebackers in the league. He is expected to replace Sean Lee at one point with the Dallas Cowboys defense.

However, Vander Esch has had problems with being injured. He was injured once again on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch attempts to make a tackle on Robert Woods against the Los Angeles Rams
Leighton Vander Esch attempts to make a tackle on Robert Woods against the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by the Dallas Cowboys/James D. Smith)

Vander Esch broke his collarbone in the game. He is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with the injury.

He is going to on the Reserve/Injured List, according to Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. He will be eligible to return after three games.

Vander Esch will have surgery on the broken collarbone.

Career reserve Joe Thomas replaced Vander Esch in the contest. He will likely get the starts until the starter is eligible to return.

The linebacker depth is already thin with Lee on the Reserve/Injured List. He’s going to be on the list for at least the next two games, according to Jones.

Besides Thomas, the team has rookie Francis Bernard as a backup. Plus, the team has LaDarius Hamilton on the practice squad.

Hamilton could be elevated to the active roster this week if Jones elects to add him.

Vander Esch played in just nine games during the 2019 season. LVE is just 24-years-old, but there’s definitely concerns for his long-term ability to stay healthy in the league.

He has appeared in 21 games, including 21 starts over two-plus seasons. In the season-opener, Vander Esch had two tackles against the Rams.

In the previous two seasons, he has had 212 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits.

Vander Esch has 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and 10 pass deflections.


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