Cowboys Don't Believe Leighton Vander Esch's Neck Injury Is Career Threatening

105.3 The Fan
November 22, 2019 - 11:38 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys will be without linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this Sunday against the New England Patriots and it's unclear when he will be able to return this season, Jason Garrett said Friday at The Star. Garrett did, however, say that the team expects him to be back in 2019. 

"Leighton was having some symptoms yesterday, so we had him checked out. It was determined that he has an issue in his neck, and he's not going to be available for this week's game. We don't think it's career-threatening," Garrett said. “We think at some point he will be back. We think it needs to calm down. Want to give it time to do that. Hopefully, we can get him back real soon.”

105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reports that Vander Esch underwent an MRI Thursday after he had a "flare-up'' in connection with a "neck stinger'' that kept him out of the Week 9 win over the New York Giants. Fish adds that Vander Esch will likely miss the Thanksgiving game next Thursday because of the quick turn-around. 

The Cowboys linebacker depth could be an issue Sunday as Joe Thomas has missed practice this week with an undisclosed illness. Fish, however, reports that his illness won't keep him from starting Sunday. 

Justin March and Luke Gifford are the other linebackers on the team's roster.