Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is officially listed on the team's injury report as questionable for Monday night's game against the Giants, but according to a new report, it's unlikely that the linebacker suits up.
Todd Archer, who covers the Cowboys for ESPN, has reported that barring a sudden change, Vander Esch will be sidelined due to a neck injury that he suffered two weeks ago in Dallas' win over the Eagles.
The hope was that the Cowboys' bye week would afford the playmaking linebacker some extra recovery time, but it now sounds like he will not be on the field on Monday night.
The 19th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Vander Esch started the first seven games for the Cowboys, racking up 54 combined tackles with a forced fumble and two pass break-ups.
Elsewhere on the Cowboys injury report, backup tackle Cameron Fleming has been ruled out with a calf injury, while cornerback Anthony Brown is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Giants, on the other hand, enter Monday's game with basically a clean bill of health. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard cleared the concussion protocol and will be good to go at MetLife Stadium, giving rookie quarterback Daniel Jones his full set of playmakers.