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NFC East Standings

Team Div Overall
3-0-0 10-2-0
3-1-0 9-3-0
2-2-0 4-8-0
0-5-0 4-9-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 30 0.0 0 0 0

Top Leighton Vander Esch News

  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Won't return this season

    Vander Esch (neck) is officially out for the season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

    Vander Esch, who has a long history of neck injuries and was born with cervical spinal stenosis, was not expected back anytime soon despite being eligible to return from injured reserve this week. There is concern that this latest neck injury may force the 27-year-old into retirement, but Jones declined to comment when asked about that possibility.

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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Return not imminent

    Vander Esch (neck) remains without a concrete timeline for a potential return from injured reserve, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

    The only certainty regarding Vander Esch and a potential return is that it will not occur within the next couple weeks. He has a history of neck issues and sustained another one in Week 5 against the 49ers, so it is not surprising to see the Cowboys err on the side of caution here. Thus, Damone Clark will continue to fill in on the edge opposite Micah Parsons for the foreseeable future.

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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Placed on injured reserve

    The Cowboys placed Vander Esch (neck) on injured reserve Monday.

    Vander Esch has a history of neck issues and sustained yet another such injury in Week 5 against San Francisco. He'll be required to miss at least the next four games and won't be eligible to return until Week 11 against the Panthers. Rashaan Evans was added to the practice squad recently give the Cowboys some experienced depth at the position.

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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Move to IR on tap

    Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Vander Esch (neck) will be placed on injured reserve, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Dallas may not make the transaction official until later in the week, but once Vander Esch is placed on IR, he'll be sidelined for the next four games, at minimum. According to Gehlken, Vander Esch's neck injury is expected to entail a 4-to-6-week recovery process, so he may not be a safe bet to return from IR when first eligible to play Nov. 19 versus the Panthers in Week 11. The Cowboys signed Rashaan Evans to their practice squad Thursday, and he could be elevated for Monday's game against the Chargers as the Cowboys look to add depth at linebacker alongside starters Micah Parsons and Damone Clark.

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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Expected to land on IR

    The Cowboys are expected to place Vander Esch (neck) on injured reserve, Michael Gehlken and Calvin Watkins of reports.

    Vander Esch injured his neck in the second half of Sunday's Week 5 loss to the 49ers after colliding with teammate Micah Parsons. He subsequently underwent X-rays, which fortunately were negative. However, he was born with cervical spinal stenosis, which leads to increased pinched nerves, and has dealt with neck issues since college. As a result, the Cowboys appear in line to exercise caution with their starting weak-side linebacker by sending him to IR to focus on a full recovery. His absence is sure to be felt, as he was the defense's signal-caller and second leading tackler on the season. In his absence, Malik Jefferson is likely to be the next-man-up.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 255 lbs
Birthplace: Riggins, ID
Age: 27
School: Boise St.
Experience: 6