Dallas Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch cleared to play Monday night

The Dallas Cowboys have cleared linebacker Vander Esch to play against Arizona Cardinals on Monday, five weeks post he underwent a surgery for repairing his broken collarbone that he suffered in this season’s opener game against Los Angeles Rams.

Esch, who was placed on injured reserve, has been practicing since the last 2 weeks and has gone through 3 complete workouts, which includes an entire-padded session, thus leading his way in the upcoming Cardinals game.

He had 4 tackles prior to getting injured in the 1st quarter against Rams. During his absence, Esch was replaced by James Smith as defensive signal-caller while Joe Thomas shifted to his center linebacker position.

Cowboys coach Mile McCarthy, on Saturday, said that he was expecting Esch to return post he successfully passed two practice rounds without any sort of issue.

When Smith was asked how Esch looked during practice last Friday, he said that he made it through the practice extremely well and that he is happy to have his teammate back.

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill and quarterback Dak Prescott were also placed on the injured reserve by the Cowboys. Hill had suffered with a torn anterior cruciate ligament while Prescott had a compound fracture as well as dislocated his right ankle during previous week’s victory over New York Giants.

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