Leighton Vander Esch was on the field for the Cowboys’ first training practice Thursday evening. It was his first work since organized team activities.
The team’s first-round pick injured his ankle and missed the end of OTAs and all of the minicamp.
“It was only a light, minor kind of [thing],” Vander Esch said. “They were just holding me out for precautionary reasons back in OTAs. I’m ready to go 100 percent.”
Vander Esch is working with the second team at middle linebacker behind Jaylon Smith, but both players will get plenty of work in the team’s defense. Dallas didn’t use a first-round pick on Vander Esch to ride the bench.
Veteran Sean Lee is the mainstay at linebacker, manning the weakside. Vander Esch also is getting…