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Mike McCarthy Provides Update on LB Leighton Vander Esch’s Status

If one thing is certain about the so far in 2020 it's that they are dreadfully weak on . One reason for that is the absence of starting , and today we got an update on his and potential return from .

Vander Esch suffered a broken collarbone during Dallas' Week 1 loss to the . At the time it was projected as a “6-8 week” injury and Leighton has now missed the Cowboys' last three games.

This update doesn't necessarily change anything from the original expectation. But it's good to hear that Vander Esch is at least making progress toward a mid-season return.

While his absence has nothing to do with , Leighton can benefit from the new rules regarding that the pandemic created for 2020. He's already served the three-week minimum on IR so he can return as soon as his health allow.

The Cowboys also have , , and other key defensive players on IR right now. All are expected to return at some point this year and there is an unlimited number of recalls in 2020 due to the new rules.

Leighton Vander Esch is arguably the guy that Dallas misses the most. They need his presence and play-making in the middle of the field and to help find himself. Smith has struggled greatly as the Cowboys' top linebacker so far this season.

It could be at least another 3-5 games before we see the Wolf Hunter back on the field for Dallas. But this is a glimmer of hope that Vander Esch will return and be ready to help the Cowboys try and secure the in November and December.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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