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November 27, 2012

Carter's development as run defender in first full season pleases Garrett

The Cowboys already knew linebacker Bruce Carter’s speed gave them a good chance to match up in coverage.

But he also gave them run defense, a dimension coach Jason Garrett welcomed.

“I think the area where we felt like he really developed was just as a run player, a guy who can play downhill, who can read and react, and just his ability to make plays all over the field,” Garrett said at his Monday press conference.

Of course, now the Cowboys have to do without all of that. The Cowboys put Carter on injured reserve because of a dislocated left elbow. But at least he’ll carry over the momentum of the strong season he was having.

“He was playing really well,” Garrett said. “He was playing really well early on in the season when he was playing on the inside with Sean Lee. Defends the run. Defends the pass. Very athletic. Can be a really good matchup for us in coverage against some really good tight ends or really good backs.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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