Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch remained limited in practice all week, but the team left him off the final injury report. That points to Vander Esch being ready for a full return Sunday night. We have him in LB3 territory for IDP lineups.
As expected, Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. Vander Esch put in limited practices all week but turned up questionable, and it was reported early in the weekend that Dallas didn't expect him to play. We'll see where the injury goes from here. Sean Lee gets the start with LVE out, and Joe Thomas joins the lineup on the other side.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Giants. ESPN reports, however, that he’s likely to miss the game with his neck injury. That should mean more playing time for LB Sean Lee, whom we’ve added to our Week 9 IDP rankings
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Eagles with a neck injury. He's questionable to return.
UPDATE: Dallas has ruled Vander Esch out for the game. We'll see about his return timeline.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee is active for today's game against the Colts after missing the past 5 contests with a hamstring injury. Lee told NFL Network's Jane Slater that he won't be starting, though, after telling the team that he doesn't want to disrupt the development of rookie teammate Leighton Vander Esch. IDP owners should go ahead and use Vander Esch as normal and ignore Lee for Week 15 IDP usage.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee is officially questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis. Mike Fisher of CBS reports that the team plans to play Lee in a limited role, with Leighton Vander Esch continuing to start on the weak side and Jaylon Smith continuing to play full time in the middle. Lee's return adds a bit of risk to LVE, but we'd keep him in IDP lineups in most cases. The rookie has proved he can deliver numbers even on less than full playing time.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Monday that he expects LB Sean Lee to return to limited practice this week. The last time Lee did so this season (also off a hamstring injury), he returned to game action that weekend. Should Lee be ready to face the Colts this Sunday, Dallas coaches would need to decide how he fits back in. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has filled in for Lee on the weak side, and the defense has played well. Jerry Jones said last week on 105.3 The Fan in Texas that Lee would "rotate" in with Smith and Vander Esch when he returned. Let's just hope we get a clear picture of the plan before the weekend so that we can set our IDP lineups accordingly.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Cowboys OLB Sean Lee could miss 4-6 weeks with his latest hamstring strain. That makes Leighton Vander Esch a strong pickup where available in IDP leagues and a high-end starting option for Week 10's positive scoring matchup with the Eagles.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee will "probably be out for a little bit" after re-injuring his left hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Titans, HC Jason Garrett said after the game. We'll see just how long this absence lasts. It's the same hamstring, though, cost Lee 3 games earlier this season. Leighton Vander Esch will re-enter the lineup. He topped 90% playing time in each of the 3 games Lee missed earlier. Vander Esch is worth picking up in most IDP leagues.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday that he expects LB Sean Lee (hamstring) to return to a limited practice Wednesday. That points to Lee likely playing Sunday at Washington, obviously barring some setback in practice. Lee missed the past 3 games, giving way to 1st-round pick Leighton Vander Esch. A Lee return would likely mean a full-time role for the veteran and Vander Esch returning to a limited role. We'll keep an eye on the situation through the practice week.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee is expected to miss at least a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Jason Garrett revealed after the game that the injury occurred to the hamstring opposite the 1 that knocked Lee from Week 2 early. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch stepped in to play the rest of the snaps at Seattle. He and Lee tied for a team-high 11 tackles despite playing half the game each. IDP owners can look to Vander Esch as a potential replacement for Lee in the short term.
The Cowboys grabbed LB Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th pick of the NFL Draft. Vander Esch spent just 1 full season starting at Boise State but could start in the middle right away for Dallas. Jaylon Smith's likely best suited to play on the strong side, where he can move around the way he did in college. Weakside starter Sean Lee is heading into his age-31 season and will carry a huge cap number into 2019 (the final year on his contract).
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