The Dallas defense is going to get a huge upgrade with one of their top linebackers returning to the scene. By moving Dak Prescott to the injured reserve, the Cowboys activated Leighton Vander Esch.
Vander Esch made the Pro Bowl in 2018 when he had 140 tackles, two interceptions, and seven passes defended. However, injuries have limited his last two seasons, including just nine games in 2019.
Vander Esch broke his collarbone in the first game of the season, which was supposed to be a six to eight week recovery. However, head coach Mike McCarthy shared with the media that Vander Esch participated fully in practice and could suit up on Monday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week, there was news circulating that Vander Esch was ahead of his rehab schedule and was a limited participant in practice. Returning to team activities is a huge step in the right direction towards his likelihood of playing in a game.
The Cowboys need all the help they can get at this point as the team sits with one of the worst defenses in the league. The team has allowed over 30 points in three straight games, but luckily the NFC East is the worst division in football, so their 2-3 record sits at the top.
The Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.
Leighton Vander Esch to active roster; Dak Prescott to IR + more
Roster Moves ⬇️
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