The Cowboys had waited a long time for Wednesday. Rookie linebacker Bruce Carter had waited longer.
Carter, the team's second-round pick, saw the field for the first time since Nov. 20. That's when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against the Tar Heels' rival, North Carolina State. The North Carolina product had been rehabbing since.
"I was anxious," Carter said Wednesday. "I really didn’t get that much sleep last night. I was just ready to get out there and start playing. I'm just trying to have fun, get back to football."
Carter is on the reserve/non-football injury list. The Cowboys have 21 days to decide whether to place him on their 53-player roster or injured reserve. He is expected to be added to their active roster, where he'll play special teams while trying to earn a role in the defense's substitution packages.
On Wednesday, Carter was on the scout team on special teams and on defense.
"He looked good," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "It was good to see him in football pants and shoulder pads and a helmet and moving around. He had been doing a lot of work on the side by himself, and he's made a lot of progress physically that way. It was good to see him out there moving around and starting to contribute a little bit as a player."
Carter said his knee is 100 percent.
-- Charean Williams