Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch on track to play Monday night: Report

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys finally received some good news on the injury front this week, when it was revealed by head coach Mike McCarthy that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who was lost during the first quarter of week one's loss to the Los Angeles Rams, would be a full practice participant on Thursday.

In even more positive news, however, a report surfaced from NFL Network's Jane Slater that Vander Esch is not just returning to practice this week, but is also seemingly on track to suit up on Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals have one of the most explosive and dynamic offense's in the league, led by quarterback Kyler Murray and wideout DeAndre Hopkins, so a return from Vander Esch would be most welcome for the Dallas defense.

Vander Esch would be returning to a linebacker group that has struggled so far this season, but is coming off its best game of the season last week against the New York Giants.

Injuries have been abundant for the 2020 Dallas Cowboys, with the most recent casualties casualties being star quarterback Dak Prescott, who was lost for the season with an ankle injury, and defensive tackle Trysten Hill, who was also lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Dallas had also recently lost offensive tackles Tyron Smith and La'el Collins for the year due to season-ending surgeries, and are missing center Joe Looney for an extended period of time with a knee injury.