Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said linebacker Bruce Carter is exactly where the team thought he would be at this point.
They knew he was hurt when they drafted him last year in the second round out of North Carolina.
But they expected him to go into his second year competing for a starting spot, as he is.
“The injury that he had at North Carolina is one that we’ve seen almost 100 percent of the guys come back from,” Garrett said Wednesday at a pre-draft press conference at Valley Ranch. “We just felt like he was too good a player to pass up at that point, and we understood, our eyes were very wide open as to what his year was going to look like: He was going to start on PUP, we felt we were going to get a chance to see him late in the year as a teams guy. That’s what he’s been. And now in Year 2, he’d be competing for a starting spot. So his chronology is exactly what we thought it would be a year ago today.”
Carter had surgery to repair a knee ligament in December 2010. He suffered the injury in his last year at North Carolina. The Cowboys had a first-round grade on him, and when he was still available in the second round, they selected him.
Carter did not play in the first six games, seeing his first action in Week 8 at Philadelphia. He played special teams and finished with eight tackles.
-- Carlos Mendez