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14 September 2020 02:44

He tallied 72 tackles through nine games in 2019 before the neck injury ended his season.

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Leighton Vander Esch's return to the field was short-lived. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker left Sunday's season opener against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half with a collarbone injury. He was ruled out for the rest of the game after walking to the locker room, according to multiple reports. Vander Esch coming off a neck injury The upper body injury is especially concerning for Vander Esch after a neck injury cost him seven games last season and required offseason surgery and rehab. Vander Esch said in August that he was at full strength and wearing a new shoulder-pad setup to help with what he described as "shock." Leighton Vander Esch was ruled out after a neck injury early against the Rams.

Cowboys lose LB Leighton Vander Esch to collarbone injury

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya) More "I'm not worried about my neck anymore," Vander Esch told reporters. It is what it is, and people can think what they want to think about it. But I've been training for four months hard and I'm already better than I was before I got hurt with that injury. "It doesn't affect me. I just don't talk about it. It's not worth wasting time about." The outlook for Vander Esch beyond Sunday isn't yet clear. The 24-year-old is entering his third NFL season after the Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 2018 draft. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with 140 tackles. He tallied 72 tackles through nine games in 2019 before the neck injury ended his season. More from Yahoo Sports: