Cowboys not expecting to have Leighton Vander Esch

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The Cowboys list linebacker Leighton Vander Esch as questionable with a neck injury that took him out of the Oct. 20 game against the Eagles after only 22 defensive plays.

But Vander Esch continues to have soreness and range of motion issues, and the Cowboys aren’t expecting him to play Monday, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

He had three limited practices this week but did not take any team snaps.

Sean Lee likely starts at the weakside spot in Vander Esch’s stead.

The Cowboys already ruled out backup offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (calf). That puts Brandon Knight in line to serve as the swing tackle.

Cornerback Anthony Brown (hamstring) is questionable. He went through three limited practices this week.

The Giants have no players with designations for Monday night’s game.

8 responses to “Cowboys not expecting to have Leighton Vander Esch

  1. Wishing him well but he had this neck issue in college. That’s why he dropped in the draft…

  2. Lee played better than Smith and Vander Esch in less snaps..
    Vander Esch has played well despite what fans say and he
    is still young. Smith is much more of a concern. He played well
    last week but his work for the season has not lived up to
    expectations for a captain. Not sure why.
    Sometimes he looks tired like he did two years ago,
    sometimes he looks like he is guessing wrong or taking a
    side and missing the read.
    Hope he gets going and the same for Leighton. The Cowboys
    can’t go far without these guys.
    I just want to see them get downhill like we would see Lee do
    on a consistent basis.

  3. andrewjaxson says:
    November 2, 2019 at 11:14 pm
    Wishing him well but he had this neck issue in college. That’s why he dropped in the draft…

    Dropped in the draft? Maybe on everyone’s board except Jerry’s. It was a surprise pick. I thought they’d go Hayden Hurst.

    Considering how awful Dallas looked with Lee off the field, Dallas had to find what they considered to be the best LB’r. Need pick but so was TE. They rolled the dice and we shall see. He is a GREAT player.

    Hope he has a great career. Love watching him play and I’m a Giants’ fan. I root for the best to be on the field. Hate injuries to any player on any team.

  4. Lee is 100% better than him. People fell in love with him.last year and the fact is he is not the same player this year. And he admi6 it. I’m not saying he can’t come back but right now Lee is by far the best linebacker we have

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