Veterans Bradie James and Keith Brooking would likely start at inside linebacker if Sean Lee misses any time with his dislocated left wrist. But rookie Bruce Carter also would like to get in the mix there after making his season debut against the Eagles.
Carter, a second-round pick, missed the first six games of the season on the non-football injury list because of a college knee injury. He played only special teams against the Eagles.
"It felt good, " Carter said. "It was a lot of emotions running around. I got my first snaps. It felt good to run down on kickoffs. I can't wait to get out there in the regular defense and show everybody what I can do."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was impressed with Carter's work on special teams. Carter had a tackle on special teams, stopping Jeremy Maclin on a punt return on the final play of the second quarter, limiting Maclin to 7 yards.
"Bruce did a nice job. He really did," Garrett said. "He’s gotten himself acclimated to playing football in a short period of time, has not had a lot of practices, but you can tell he’s a pretty natural, instinctive football player -- a lot of what we saw of him on tape, coming out of school. He made a big tackle in the game on the punt coverage team. Maclin kind of broke out into the open, and Bruce made a nice angle tackle to get him down, really to prevent possibly a big return. He certainly has explosiveness, speed and quickness, and it looks like he’s getting acclimated to play football. The more he’s able to do, the more we’ll be able to give him."
-- Charean Williams