FRISCO, Texas — Leighton Vander Esch is again.
The Dallas Cowboys activated the linebacker from injured reserve in time to play Monday towards the Arizona Cardinals, 5 weeks after Vander Esch had surgical procedure to restore a damaged collarbone suffered within the season opener towards the Los Angeles Rams.
Vander Esch has practiced the previous two weeks and went via three full exercises, together with one full-padded session, main into the Cardinals recreation.
Vander Esch had 4 tackles earlier than he was damage within the first quarter towards the Rams. Jaylon Smith took over because the defensive signal-caller in Vander Esch’s absence, and Joe Thomas moved into his center linebacker spot.
On Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy mentioned he was inspired that Vander Esch would be capable to return after he made it via two practices with none concern.
Requested how Vander Esch regarded following final Friday’s observe, Smith mentioned, “He seems just like the Wolf Hunter himself. I am blissful to have him again out right here working, simply grinding it away. Simply excited for him. I am simply blissful that he is out with the ability to do what he loves.”
The Cowboys positioned quarterback Dak Prescott and defensive sort out Trysten Hill on injured reserve. Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle and Hill tore his anterior cruciate ligament in final week’s win towards the New York Giants.
The Cowboys signed practice-squad defensive sort out Justin Hamilton to the lively roster to switch Hill and known as up security Steven Parker and middle Marcus Henry from the observe squad.