The Dallas Cowboys were dealt some terrible news on Tuesday, as it was revealed that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch would miss the rest of the 2023 season due to his neck ailment. There are even bigger implications to worry about, though, as this isn't the first time Vander Esch has suffered a major injury in this area.
There's a legitimate possibility the vet's football future is in jeopardy, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' recent comments haven't eased any fears.
Leighton Vander Esch Injury Update
Jones admitted he doesn't know if Vander Esch will be able to play again. He said there are "a lot of factors involved" that must be considered.
Jones' statement just highlights how concerned everyone is about the LB. He's had numerous health issues to deal with since entering the league, but his neck has been a particularly troublesome region. Vander Esch missed the second half of the 2019 season due to an injury in that spot and then had offseason surgery to repair it.
When he went under for that procedure, Vander Esch was made aware that a second surgery could put his career at risk. He thankfully didn't need anything invasive done when he injured his neck again in 2021, but this most recent aggravation is serious enough to where he may need to go under the knife.
It's great to see the entire organization prioritizing Vander Esch's long-term health following this unfortunate development. While losing him on the field stings, no one wants the linebacker to put his post-football life in jeopardy by coming back if he's not able.
For now, all fans can do is wait on further updates while wishing Vander Esch all the best in his rehab.
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