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    • Covered NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003
    • Previously covered Bengals and Dolphins
    • Lives in Dallas area with his wife and two children

CowboyslinebackerLeighton Vander Eschwas among of trio of Dallas players to be ruled out of Sunday’s game against theRamsin Los Angeles because of injury.

Vander Esch was ruled out in the first half because of a collarbone injury.

Starting tight endBlake Jarwinand backup offensive tackleCameron Ervingwere ruled out to begin the second half because of knee injuries.

Jarwin has a likely torn ACL with an MRI planned, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Ed Werder. The Dallas Morning News first reported the nature of Jarwin’s injury.

Dallas signed Jarwin to a four-year extension with big plans for him under new coach Mike McCarthy afterJason Wittenleft in free agency.

The Cowboys’ defense was on the field for 23 plays in the first Quarter, allowing an opening-drive touchdown. The second drive ended with a missed field goal attempt. Vander Esch was not credited with a tackle.

Because of a neck injury, Vander Esch was playing in his first game since Week 10 last season. Television replays showed the Cowboys’ medical staff testing Vander Esch’s neck. He had offseason neck surgery but said he felt fine throughout training camp.

Vander Esch took over as the middle linebacker this season, switching positions withJaylon Smith, and is serving as the defensive signal-caller.

With Sean Lee on injured reserve and missing the first three games because of a pelvis issue, the Cowboys have veteranJoe ThomasandJustin March, who is mostly a special-teamer, in reserve.Luke Giffordis among the team’s inactives, and he was dealing with a hamstring issue.

Jarwin reached for his right knee after falling to the ground while running a route in the opening half. That came just a play or two after he caught a 12-yard pass.

Erving appeared to have his knee rolled up on while he was blocking on special teams.

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