You just hate to see these types of injuries to talented players.
Dallas Cowboys: Injury Fallout at TE
In training camp Dalton Schultz held off the veteran Blake Bell to earn the TE2 spot behind Jarwin. The well-rounded Schultz was preferable to the man known as the Bell-Dozer because Schultz actually flashed some pass-catching ability.
Dalton’s performance was a mixed bag in relief of Jarwin on Sunday Night. He caught the ball and dropped the ball. He won blocks and he lost blocks. He kinda did what you’d expect from a Day 3 draft pick suddenly pushed into starting duty in his third year.
While the falloff from Blake Jarwin to Dalton Schultz is severe, it’s not as dire as some think. Schultz has been unfairly underappreciated in Cowboys Nation and my efforts to sing his praises notwithstanding, he’s still a serious concern to many fans.
Source: Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch likely out 6-8 weeks with broken collarbone – Todd Archer, ABC News
Just when we thought we got our wolf hunter back, we put him back on the shelf.
Vander Esch, who will have the surgery Tuesday, is expected to miss six to eight weeks, according to a source. The collarbone will be repaired with a plate and screws, similar to the surgery former quarterback Tony Romo had on his broken left collarbone in 2015.
Vander Esch suffered the injury in the first quarter and was replaced by Joe Thomas. Romo missed nine weeks (eight games) in 2015 with his collarbone injury and suffered a re-break in his return against the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving and was done for the season.
Vander Esch, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018, missed seven games last season with a neck injury that eventually required a minimally invasive procedure in the offseason to fix. But he said in training camp that he has had no issues with his neck.
With Vander Esch out and Sean Lee missing at least the next two games on injured reserve with a pelvis issue, the Cowboys have four linebackers on the 53-man roster. Luke Gifford, who was inactive against the Rams, has been working back from a hamstring strain. It is possible the Cowboys could call up rookie Francis Bernard from the practice squad.