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Bruce Carter | Linebacker | #50

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (40) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Bucs LB Bruce Carter (ankle) expects to play this week.
Carter missed Thursday night's loss with a sprained ankle, but he should be good to go against the Bears. This was expected after the Bucs waived backup LB Orie Lemon Saturday. Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:57:00 PM

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Bucs LB Bruce Carter exited Week 14 against the Saints with a foot injury.

Carter had to be carried to the locker room. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports Carter will not play Thursday night, but fellow Times writer Greg Auman said the injury is not a long-term concern. Carter is still unlikely to play Thursday night.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Bruce Carter exited the Buccaneers' Week 1 game against the Titans with a rib injury, and is questionable to return.

He suffered the injury on the game's opening kickoff. Carter backs up Kwon Alexander at middle linebacker.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:47:00 PM

The Buccaneers have moved Bruce Carter to strong-side linebacker, where he is competing with Danny Lansanah to start.

It didn't take Carter long to flop at middle linebacker, which is where the Bucs gave him a four-year, $17 million deal to play. He was quickly usurped by fourth-round rookie Kwon Alexander. Carter may end up as a lightly-used sub-package linebacker behind Lansanah, Alexander, and WLB Lavonte David.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 06:43:00 PM

The Buccaneers plan to use Bruce Carter at middle linebacker.

"Mike" linebacker in Lovie Smith's defense can be a high-production position, so this is news worth filing away for IDP owners. Primarily playing strong-side linebacker in Dallas last year, Carter piled up 68 tackles, one sack, and five interceptions. He will be an every-down player in Tampa Bay.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 05:23:00 PM

Bucs agreed to terms with LB Bruce Carter, formerly of the Cowboys, on a four-year, $20 million contract.

The former second-round pick can play both the strong side and weak side in a 4-3 defense, but will man the SAM spot in Tampa Bay with Lavonte David locked in at WILL. Last year's SLB Danny Lansanah is a candidate to kick to the middle for the Bucs, replacing free agent MLB Mason Foster. Carter has been a maddeningly inconsistent player throughout his career, but always possessed elite tools. The 27-year-old is coming off a five-interception season in Dallas.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Free agent LB Bruce Carter is expected to visit the Texans.

It sounds like he'll meet with the Bucs first, then head to Houston if Tampa Bay's price isn't right. Whereas Carter would play strong-side linebacker with the Buccaneers, he would become a 3-4 inside linebacker on the Texans.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 08:56:00 PM

The Buccaneers will host free agent OLB Bruce Carter.

Carter played in a Lovie Smith-style defense under Rod Marinelli last year in Dallas, picking off five passes. He is best suited to "Sam" linebacker.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 06:05:00 PM

Cowboys SLB Bruce Carter will play through a broken left ring finger.

He suffered the injury in practice. Carter just returned from a three-week absence related to a quad issue. His health has taken on increased importance with Justin Durant (biceps) out for the season.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 03:21:00 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 06:32:00 PM

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.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 10:22:00 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.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:42:00 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
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 03:25:00 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
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 11:49:00 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.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 03:03:00 PM

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