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What’s Going On With LB Leighton Vander Esch?

Football is a dangerous game. There's no way around it.

So when we discuss these players battling through to play in a sport which may (or may not but definitely seems to) cause long term health defects, we do need to have a level of sensitivity. And 's situation seems to require that sensitivity right now.

Vander Esch missed seven games last season, including the final six of the year due to a nagging neck injury. He's had these neck issues for a couple of seasons now dating back to college, but they apparently had grown so severe that surgery was required.

Football is already a wildly physical sport, and playing only emphasizes that physicality further. Vander Esch obviously needs to put his long term health above all here, but it is fair to wonder what his future in football really looks like right now.

Yesterday on local Dallas sports radio, Bryan Broaddus said that he had been “hearing some concerns” about Leighton Vander Esch. The third year linebacker is no doubt an awesome player on the field, so Bryan's comments are clearly linked to the medical side of things.

Former ITS colleague and current Blogging the Boys writer Connor Livesay dropped the quote on Twitter and watched the world burn. But the Cowboys themselves talked about Vander Esch's recovery at the combine this week.

The official team site released an update on Vander Esch Tuesday morning, quoting as saying “The feedback is good. We feel good about it.” Jones also added that Vander Esch will have “limitations” up until when they can hopefully “turn him loose.”

I'm far from a doctor, but the initial vagueness and increasing severity of the news around the injury certainly felt weird.

Hopefully Leighton Vander Esch can continue to heal and be ready for a long and prosperous football career, but his workload for the is still in question.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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