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Leighton Vander Esch Injury History & Updates

Basic StatsLeighton Vander Esch's Basic Stats

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Bye: 7
Experience: 6
Age: 28.3
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 256
40 Time: 4.65
SPARQx (Rank): 126.30 (86%)
Burst Score (Rank): 129.20 (93%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.03 (91%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 6.88

Injury PredictorLeighton Vander Esch's Injury Guide

Chance of Injury in 2024


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024



Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 1, 2016 Non-NFL Cervical Neck Pinched Nerve Vander Esch missed 7 games in 2016 with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Aug 15, 2016 Non-NFL Knee LCL Pull Grade 1 Vander Esch suffered a Grade 1 LCL sprain in August 2016 but was ready for the start of the season on September 3.
Jun 4, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Vander Esch missed time in the spring with an ankle injury.
Aug 15, 2018 NFL Inguinal Groin Pull Grade 1 Vander Esch missed a couple of weeks of training camp with a groin injury.
Nov 21, 2019 NFL Cervical Neck Stinger Vander Esch had neck surgery to alleviate the nerve issues that forced him to miss seven total games in 2019
Oct 8, 2023 NFL Cervical Neck LVE was placed on season-ending IR.

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Leighton Vander Esch, LB DAL

10:23am EST 11/14/23

Leighton Vander Esch to miss rest of season with neck injury

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that LB Leighton Vander Esch will miss the rest of the season with the neck injury that landed him on IR. Jones declined to say whether it might end the LB's career. Vander Esch has dealt with neck issues since college and sustained multiple injuries during his Dallas run. We'd bet that he's seriously considering whether to shut it down, at 27 and after six years in the league. We'll watch for further updates on that. For this year's Cowboys, the news means Damone Clark should lead the LB playing time the rest of the way. S/LB Markquese Bell has been running as the second LB since LVE went down. Bell's playing time appeared to decline sharply in Sunday's win over the Giants, though. We'll have to see this week how much of that came from the odd game script of the completely one-sided victory. For now, Bell is best left out of most IDP lineups. Clark looks like a weekly LB3 with upside into LB2 territory.

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The Cowboys will be placing LB Leighton Vander Esch on IR for the neck injury that knocked him out in Week 5. He's expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. We'll see Monday night just how Dallas plans to fill in for LVE. Damone Clark is an obvious candidate for more playing time. Micah Parsons has also been mentioned as a potential part of the plan, which would mean more snaps in a standup position off the D-line. S Markquese Bell also figures to see added playing time.

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