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Report: Leighton Vander Esch missing Wednesday’s practice with knee issue

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A surprise injury for the Cowboys.

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The Dallas Cowboys returned to practice on Wednesday as they prepare to face the New York Jets this week. Obviously there were players not practicing or limited with injuries.

It’s no surprise to hear that Tyron Smith and La’el Collins weren’t at 100% given that their statuses were already well-known. Something that did pop up a little bit out of nowhere was Leighton Vander Esch being absent. According to the Dallas Morning News he has a knee issue.

Vander Esch did not have a great game last week against the Green Bay Packers and while he hasn’t performed like his 2018 self so far this season, he’s essential to the Cowboys defense. Sean Lee is still on the team so in a pinch he could fill in, but a potential injury to LVE would could be an issue.

We’ll see if we hear anything more when the official injury report comes out later on Wednesday afternoon. For now though just know that there’s something going on with the Wolf Hunter.

Update: 1:35pm ET

Apparently Leighton Vander Esch’s absence can be explained more by him being sick than him having a knee injury. That’s good to see.

Hopefully he feels better soon.