Leighton Vander Esch out for season but receives good news about his future

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Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has not played since Week 11 because of a neck injury. He won’t play again this season, coach Jason Garrett announced.

Vander Esch received good news, though, after an MRI on Monday.

He will undergo minimally invasive surgery to repair a nerve issue but is expected to make a full recovery.

The second-year linebacker played only nine games and made 72 tackles and half a sack.

Veteran Sean Lee has replaced Vander Esch at weakside linebacker.

The Cowboys also have lost left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo for the season. Su’a-Filo, who was filling in for Connor Williams, broke a bone in his lower leg Sunday and is undergoing surgery today, Garrett said.

Joe Looney will become the third starter for the Cowboys at the position. Williams tore an ACL in Week 13.

6 responses to “Leighton Vander Esch out for season but receives good news about his future

  1. Good news for LVE but even before the injury he wasn’t the same as last year due to poor coaching and vanilla schemes – really wish I could find out what changed in the coaches room to completely screw up this season…

  2. I think the loss of him really hurt their underneath coverage. Certainly not the main reason for the Cowboys collapse but it hasn’t helped. Hope he’s back and healthy next year.

  3. He had this injury coming out of college. I doubt it will get better playing in the NFL…Neck surgery is not like a knee. Very tight tolerances. No room for error.

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