Six months after the NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys coaches are about to get their first look at second round pick Bruce Carter.
The inside linebacker out of the University of North Carolina is coming off of the non-football injury list this week after recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his final season as a TarHeel. The Cowboys will have three weeks between now and then to promote him to the 53 man roster or place him on injured reserve, the latter of which meaning that he’d be done for the year.
“It’s exciting because we haven’t seen him,” said head coach Jason Garrett, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s been working hard on his own on the side. We’re pleased with where his conditioning is and where he is physically but he has to integrate himself as a football player. So we’ll get that chance to do that and we’ll see him in practice.
“We’ll see how he’s going and how confident he is on the knee and hopefully slowly we can get him integrated into the defensive system and the kicking game and he can make a contribution.”
Carter hopes to make his presence felt on defense and special teams before the season is out, but for now, he’s just ready to get back on the field--which, Carter knows, is a task in itself.
“I’ve got to get back into football shape,” Carter said. “That’s something that’ll be big on its own.”
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