Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch Fractures Collarbone in Week 1

Cowboys' LB Leighton Vander Esch in 2019. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is going to have to battle back from an injury once again after recovering from a neck injury that kept him out of the majority of the 2019 season.

In the Cowboys’ first game of the season, Vander Esch fractured his collarbone. While he will most likely be back this season, Vander Esch will definitely be out for an extended period of time—a huge loss for Dallas.

In the one quarter that Vander Esch was able to play on Sunday, he registered three tackles.

Vander Esch made an immediate impact in his rookie season in 2018, registering 140 tackles and being named to the Pro Bowl. The former first-round pick missed seven games in 2019 with the aforementioned neck injury.

The star linebacker wasn’t the only Cowboys player that suffered a serious injury in Week 1. Tight end Blake Jarwin suffered what appears to be a torn ACL and will most likely be out for the year.

The Cowboys lost their first game of the 2020 season to the Los Angeles Rams 20-17. It was the debut of new head coach Mike McCarthy, who replaced Jason Garrett this offseason.