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December 18, 2013

Bruce Carter says he will play against Washington, make sure everybody is lined up, calmed down

Bruce Carter will be in the lineup Sunday and call the plays out of the weakside linebacker spot, hoping to return some stability to a unit that played the second half last week without its top four players.

“My job is to try to lead the defense to a victory and just play as good as we can,” he said after practicing Wednesday. “When things get out of hand, try to get everybody to calm down and just try to get back to our game plan and play sound. I’m up for the challenge. I know what’s ahead of me, and we just got to go out there and execute.”

The Cowboys started the game last week with Carter and Sean Lee inactive, and they lost Justin Durant and Ernie Sims in the first half. That left Cameron Lawrence, DeVonte Holloman and Kyle Wilber to finish the game.

“With me having the experience I do have, my job, I just want to go in there and get everybody lined up,” Carter said. “I think once we can get everybody lined up and get into position where we need to be, I think things will kind of fall into place and it’ll flow a lot better. If we can get that done, I think we’ll be great.”

Carter missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, which he suffered in the second half against Chicago. He has 103 tackles and two sacks.

“For me, it’s not about any individual stats or none of that stuff,” he said. “I just want to for all the older guys, like Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware and Witten and Romo to get into that playoff game, and I think the sooner everybody and all the younger guys realize that, we’ll be great. We got to win these two games. “

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