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Less playing time? Rookie linebacker isn’t concerned with Sean Lee nearing return

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Stop right there.

Leighton Vander Esch isn’t going to hear it. It’s poppycock.

The Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker sensation tackled any notion of a playing time conundrum if and when veteran Sean Lee returns from a hamstring injury.



“The media, the fans, they can all think what they want, but we’re going deal with the cards we’re dealt and we have Sean’s back,” Vander Esch said, a day after owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Lee would resume his starting linebacker spot when he returns. “so whatever happens, he’s a big brother to me and I love him. He’s helped me progress my game immensely the last few weeks. I know that he’s always going to be there to give me cheats and help me out no matter what position we’re all three in.”

Vander Esch, doesn’t know yet when Lee will return. Lee, who did not practice on Wednesday, has missed the past four games, all Cowboys’ wins. And most likely, if Lee returned against the Eagles at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Stadium, he’ll been used in a limited role.

“I don’t have an answer for you necessarily exactly,” Vander Esch reasoned. “But know that we’re all going to star in our roles no matter what the coaches ask of us. We’ll just keep playing fast and having fun with each other. Knowing he’s one of our brothers and we’re going to be there to have his back no matter what the situation is.”

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