As he returned to practice somewhat surprisingly late last week, it’s looked like Leighton Vander Esch would return to game action this week and now that has been confirmed. Per DallasCowboys.comDallasCowboys.com, Vander Esch will make his return to the lineup after a four week absence related to a clavicle fracture.
Though it seems quick, it’s a much needed return to the lineup for the Cowboys 2018 first round pick. The Dallas Cowboys are allowing the most points in the NFL and have surrendered 30+ each of the last five weeks. With an opportunity to take a two game lead in the win column on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals, Vander Esch’s return should provide a huge boost for the Cowboys defense.
After Anthony Brown returned last week and now Vander Esch, the Cowboys seem to be getting healthier as they head into the middle portion of their schedule. Chidobe Awuzie should be returning soon as well and the Cowboys will be getting Randy Gregory back in week seven after being reinstated late in the summer.
If the Cowboys can get marginal improvement from their defense over the final 11 weeks of the season and play at a league average level, they should be able to solidify a playoff position for themselves and that starts with getting healthy.
Leighton Vander Esch’s return, though surprising, should provide a glimmer of hope for Cowboys fans that this team can get better down the stretch.