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Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch takes Dak Prescott’s spot on active roster

Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys

Before facing the Arizona Cardinals in their Week 6 game on Monday, the Dallas Cowboys made a few changes to their roster, including one that has been expected since last week.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Cowboys officially placed quarterback Dak Prescott on the injured reserve list a week after suffering a fractured ankle in Dallas’ game against the New York Giants in Week 5. The injury required immediate surgery, and the 27-year old Prescott is expected to be out for 4-6 months. 

Priot to his injury, Prescott had completed 151 of 222 passes through five games, passing for 1896 yards, nine touchdowns, and no interceptions. Andy Dalton replaces him as the team’s starting quarterback a week after helping Dallas to a 37-34 victory after Prescott went down with the injury. 

The team also announced that defensive tackle Trysten Hill, who suffered a torn ACL injury in the game against New York, will join Prescott on the IR list. 

One player who will return to the active roster is linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who is expected to play against Arizona. The 24-year old Vander Esch, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2018, recorded two combined tackled in first half of the Cowboys’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams before missing the rest of the game due to a broken collarbone. 

But the 19th overall pick of the 2018 Draft was able to return to practice earlier this week and will be a much-needed boost for the Cowboys defense against the Cardinals as the team looks for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.