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Bruce Carter | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: North Carolina
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Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter (quad) will miss Sunday's game against the Giants, but expects to return for Week 8.
"I feel good," Carter said Tuesday. "It’s just a matter of getting my strength back and getting myself back in shape." Kyle Wilber will make his second-consecutive start against the Giants. Oct 14 - 6:32 PM

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Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter (quad) is not expected to play Week 6 against the Seahawks.

Carter hurt his quad in Week 4 against the Saints and was saddled with a 10-14 day timetable. If he can't play, look for rookie Anthony Hitchens to get another start on the strong side. Dallas is more optimistic about MLB Rolando McClain's (groin) availability. Carter's been a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys.
Oct 8 - 10:22 AM

Cowboys declared SLB Bruce Carter, DE Davon Coleman, DT Ken Bishop, OT Donald Hawkins, DE Lavar Edwards, QB Dustin Vaughan and LB Korey Toomer inactive for Week 5 against the Texans.

Carter is week to week. He'll be replaced by a combination of Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber.
Oct 5 - 11:42 AM

Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter (quad) will be sidelined 1-2 weeks.

Carter has been ruled out for Week 5, but could return in 10-14 days. Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber will replace him in the starting lineup.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 4 - 3:25 PM

Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter (quad) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Texans.

Carter is considered "week to week." His loss is a downgrade to the Cowboys pass defense. Kyle Wilber will likely replace Carter in base sets
Sep 30 - 11:49 AM

Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter (quad) "could miss some time."

Carter is considered "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Texans. Carter has played well in coverage this season, but gotten smoked by the run. Either way, an extended absence would be bad news for the league's thinnest front seven.
Sep 29 - 3:03 PM

Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter left Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Saints with a right quad strain.

He's done for the night. Carter had six tackles and two pass deflections before exiting. Kyle Wilber will replace him in base sets.
Sep 28 - 10:54 PM

Cowboys LBs coach Matt Eberflus says WLB Bruce Carter "ramped it up" during the spring.

Nobody has ever doubted Carter's athleticism or talent; he just hasn't put it all together. Entering his contract year, Carter is going to need to play much better if he wants to earn a big payday. He struggled badly against the run last season after being a quality starter in 2012. The Cowboys need Carter to return to form and for others to play over their head for the defense to not get picked apart.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 15 - 12:52 PM

Cowboys WLB Bruce Carter doesn't believe he's an option to replace Sean Lee (ACL) in the middle.

"From what I see, I think they're going to keep me at my same position," Carter said. "I guess they're just going to try guys and work them in and out and just see who fits best." Carter filled in for Lee in 2012, but not 2013. Carter struggled mightily in run defense last season, at one point getting benched.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 29 - 9:29 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he still believes WLB Bruce Carter can be "outstanding."

"We know he can do what this defense calls for and be outstanding," Jones said. "We have some real reasons to be excited about him and certainly he’d be the first to say that he had some things that he’d like to take back." Carter started 13 games last season but was benched for two games in October due to poor play. Pro Football Focus gave Carter a top-eight grade among 4-3 outside linebackers in terms of coverage, but he was a glaring weak spot in Dallas' run defense.
Feb 11 - 2:41 PM

The Cowboys have restored WLB Bruce Carter to the starting lineup.

He'll be a full-time player, playing both in base and nickel packages. The Cowboys reportedly demoted Carter to "teach him a lesson" before last week's loss to the Broncos. Ernie Sims filled in. This week, Sims will stay in the starting lineup, though at strong-side linebacker for injured Justin Durant.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:25:00 PM

The Cowboys have benched WLB Bruce Carter.

Carter got destroyed by Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates in Dallas' Week 4 loss. Carter has graded out as a bottom-four 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Dallas is going forward with journeyman veteran Ernie Sims.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com believes the team's new 4-3 defense will make WLB Bruce Carter a "star."

Carter has a ton of speed, and he projects as a natural fit in DC Monte Kiffin's scheme as a guy who can chase and make plays from the back side. The 25-year-old wasn't asked to rush the passer much from his old inside linebacker position, but Broaddus thinks he's going become a "problem for offenses off the edge." Carter just needs to stay off the trainer's table, and he'll be fine.
Wed, May 22, 2013 08:47:00 PM

Cowboys WLB Bruce Carter (elbow) said he's back to 100 percent.

Carter landed on IR after dislocating his ankle against the Redskins on Thanksgiving. "My arm's great. Everything is back to normal," he said. "I'm back to bench pressing, and I'm just ready to go." Carter has a shot at a breakout season as a natural weak-side 'backer in Monte Kiffin's Tampa-2 scheme.
Thu, May 9, 2013 08:26:00 AM

The Cowboys have penciled in Bruce Carter at weak-side linebacker in their new 4-3 defense.

Sean Lee will be the Mike 'backer. Carter has outstanding range and projects as a natural fit in Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2-style defense. Before an elbow injury ended Carter's 2012 season, he racked up 70 tackles across 11 starts.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 05:25:00 PM

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