Cowboys lose LB Leighton Vander Esch to collarbone injury, Blake Jarwin to possible ACL

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Leighton Vander Esch’s return to the field was short-lived.” data-reactid=”16″>Leighton Vander Esch’s return to the field was short-lived.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Dallas Cowboys linebacker left Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half with a collarbone injury. He was ruled out for the rest of the game after walking to the locker room, according to multiple reports.” data-reactid=”17″>The Dallas Cowboys linebacker left Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half with a collarbone injury. He was ruled out for the rest of the game after walking to the locker room, according to multiple reports.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Even worse, later in the game the Cowboys lost promising tight end Blake Jarwin to what the team feared was a torn ACL according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.” data-reactid=”22″>Even worse, later in the game the Cowboys lost promising tight end Blake Jarwin to what the team feared was a torn ACL according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Backup offensive lineman Cam Erving left the game with a knee injury, leaving the Cowboys thin on the offensive line.

Vander Esch coming off a neck injury

The upper body injury is especially concerning for Vander Esch after a neck injury cost him seven games last season and required offseason surgery and rehab.

Vander Esch said in August that he was at full strength and wearing a new shoulder-pad setup to help with what he described as “shock.”

Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch plays against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch plays against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Leighton Vander Esch was ruled out after a neck injury early against the Rams. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

“I’m not worried about my neck anymore,” Vander Esch told reporters. “I don’t talk about it. It is what it is, and people can think what they want to think about it. But I’ve been training for four months hard and I’m already better than I was before I got hurt with that injury.

“It doesn’t affect me. I just don’t talk about it. It’s not worth wasting time about.”

The outlook for Vander Esch beyond Sunday isn’t yet clear. The 24-year-old is entering his third NFL season after the Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 2018 draft. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with 140 tackles. He tallied 72 tackles through nine games in 2019 before the neck injury ended his season.

Blake Jarwin goes down

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="When Jason Witten wasn’t retained and moved on to the Las Vegas Raiders, it opened up all the playing time for Jarwin.” data-reactid=”46″>When Jason Witten wasn’t retained and moved on to the Las Vegas Raiders, it opened up all the playing time for Jarwin.

Jarwin had 365 yards and three touchdowns in limited playing time last season but had the ability to break out in an exciting offense. If the initial diagnosis of a torn ACL is confirmed, the Cowboys will be down an important part of their passing game.

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