Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch won’t be participating in OTAs due to a “pelvic issue,” coach Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday.
Leighton Vander Esch has what Jason Garrett described as a “pelvic issue”. He is being held out of OTAs as a result. #Cowboys
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 22, 2019
Garrett didn’t elaborate on what the problem with Vander Esch’s pelvis is, or how long he will need to recover. However, Garrett said it wasn’t a serious injury and that he expects Vander Esch to be back with the team by the time training camp starts.
Vander Esch was the Cowboys’ top draft pick in 2018. He moved in the starting lineup after Sean Lee’s injury late last season and ended up recording 140 total tackles and two interceptions.
At 22, he was the youngest linebacker in franchise history to reach 100-plus tackles in a season and also the fastest to do so.
Several other notable Cowboys players were absent from OTAs, including Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith. Garrett was quick to say that they are healthy, but he gave them the day off to deal with their load management schedule.
Nothing from Jason Witten, Sean Lee or Tyron Smith in today’s OTA practice. No injuries, just managing their offseason work
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 22, 2019