Dallas Cowboys superstar linebacker Leighton Vander Esch's season ended prematurely due to injury. His last game was in the middle of November, against the Detroit Lions.

Despite that, he still managed to rack up 72 tackles (0.5 sacks) a forced fumble and three pass deflections. That's something Vander Esch is known for, flying all over the field.

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However, the linebacker had to have neck surgery. A scary situation, but one he is apparently recovering from nicely.

According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Vander Esch underwent the surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to be ready for the Dallas offseason program.

The Cowboys went 8-8 in 2019. That record meant they just missed the playoffs, as the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East with a 9-7 record. Due to that, Jason Garrett was fired as the head coach.

With all the changes being made, Dallas could use some consistency. They would love to get that from Vander Esch. He was a first-round pick back in 2018, and in his rookie season was one of the best linebackers in football. However, the injury in 2019 is concerning.

The good news is that clearly the surgery was nothing too serious. If the feeling is that Vander Esch will be ready for the offseason program, this is obviously not something they feel needs all that much time to work itself out.

With Jaylon Smith enjoying another fantastic year in 2019, the Cowboys have something special building at linebacker. Smith and Vander Esch could turn into one of the most dangerous duos the position has seen in a very long time.

So hopefully the reports are true and Vander Esch can get back to working with the Cowboys in no time.