Since entering the starting lineup, Leighton Vander Esch has been a hog-tying cyborg, corralling tackles by the herd. For the season, LVE has tallied 102 tackles, tied for fourth most in NFL. His 77 solo takedowns places third.
The studly rookie has speed to go from sideline to sideline and seems to never miss a tackle in space.
That assumption is apparently false.
Owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that when Lee is healthy, the linebacker will get his starting job back. Jones noted that Lee's tutoring is one main reason that LVE has developed so much over the past month.
"And then you look at what we've got in Smith, you just have to have those guys out there on the field. It's a great problem to have," he said.
In previous seasons when Lee went down, the Cowboys' defense cratered. Now it's thriving with LVE, et al. The best news for Dallas is that the Cowboys don't need to rush Lee back to the field. It also means that when he does return, the Dallas defense can limit Lee's snaps to try to keep him healthy for a potential playoff run.