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Cowboys lose former Pro Bowl linebacker for two months

No pun intended the Dallas Cowboys linebacker is going to be out for about two months due to a broken collarbone. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the news on Monday.

 

#Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch cleanly broke his collarbone, source said after his CT scan. He’ll have surgery and return to action in 6-8 weeks.”

 

The Cowboys were already limited at linebacker with Sean Lee out until Week 4. Vander Esch was hopeful to return to his 2018 Pro Bowl form after a nagging neck injury kept him out of seven games in 2019.

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Vander Esch underwent surgery on his neck in the middle of January according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. It’s expected that Vander Esch will be ready for the off-season program.

 

At the time, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken, the surgery was a “success.”

 

“Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said LB Leighton Vander Esch’s neck surgery “went well. I feel really good about it. I feel really good about him making a full recovery and being ready to participate in everything.”

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that Vander Esch is ready to go.

 

According to Gehlken, Jones said that Vander Esch is “100% in my eyes-100%.” Jones also said he is expecting Vander Esch to be a “full participant by the start of training camp.”

 

Now, Vander Esch will have to rehab another area. It’s an unfortunate blow to a defense that was hoping to make it back to the top-10 in rankings.

 

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