Leighton Vander Esch feeling “wonderful” after neck surgery

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Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch had neck surgery after the 2019 season and initial word from the team was that they expected him to be able to do some work during the offseason program.

That was the plan, anyway. Vander Esch and the Cowboys were forced to pivot to new plans when offseason programs went virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the good news is that Vander Esch says he’s doing well in his recovery from surgery.

Vander Esch appeared on The ‘Boys & Girl Podcast recently and said that he’s training without restrictions in hopes of getting back on the field this summer.

“I am doing wonderful,” Vander Esch said. “I feel as good now as I ever have, before I even got hurt. I mean, I’m ready to roll. I’ve been training full-go for a couple of months now, so it’s not holding me back whatsoever. I feel, like I said, just as good as I ever have. I’m just excited to play football at this point and get back on the field. Whenever they give us the green light to go, we’ll be ready.”

The Cowboys re-signed Sean Lee, but didn’t add a linebacker in the draft or in free agency. That suggests confidence in how Vander Esch and his neck will fare once the Cowboys are back together this year.

6 responses to “Leighton Vander Esch feeling “wonderful” after neck surgery

  1. Awesome News! Smith & Esch Couple studs at the lb positions looking forward to seeing just how the new coaches use them.

    wait for it . . .

    Super Bowl Baby! bar none! no doubts! HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!

  2. I love Cali’s optimism. I actually feel good about Dem Boys too, but, with the coaching overhaul, it’s gonna be tough to get it all together quick enough to make much of splash this season. Probably looking at 8-8 again or maybe 9-7. If Dak was who he wants Jerry to pay him to be, then 13-3, BUT, minus him and his idiot agent, we all know that he is not that.

  3. delusional cowboys fans again. I guess dalton is going to lead them to the promise land since they all hate dak

  4. There will be a learning curve but this defense have some vets that been around, there isnt many schemes or packages that they havent seen or been in. Besides just getting rid of Garrett equals a couple wins in itself. Then the drafting of Lamb, the OC stayed the same even if the defense struggles at first our offense can carry us, I mean unless a team has 3 stud starting corners (which they dont no one has) then points will be scored early and often. Then what leaving the box unstacked to help the corners only makes Zeke more dangerous. I can see Zeke getting those Long runs again. Dak will play this year regardless which makes us that much scarier because Dak can by time with his feet to extend plays. Nah not worried we will be like the Chiefs or even the Rams back in the day with Faulk. McCarthy loves to pass we going to score some points and a lot of them.

  5. @edon– If you’re talking to me, I don’t hate Dak. I just don’t think he should be paid as a top 3 QB in the League. If you put any one of Russ Wilson, Mahomes or Rogers on that Cowboys team, they are a legit threat… With Dak, they are not. So why should he be paid on their level? I think he’s fine, and they can win with him, but not if they over pay him.

  6. Go Wolfman, but we are all a little nervous about neck surgery. We hope for the best!

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