Cowboys’ second round pick Bruce Carter made his NFL debut against the Eagles last week in Philadelphia, but the inside linebacker didn’t see a snap on defense, as the team used him exclusively on special teams. But with second-year linebacker Sean Lee likely out with a dislocated wrist, that could change this week.
“You can’t really make excuses,” Carter said of playing linebacker, per ESPN Dallas. “You’ve got to go out there and be ready and play football.”
Carter believes he was ready to see snaps on defense last week against the Eagles as well, but Cowboys coaches didn’t want to throw Carter, who was only recently cleared to practice following surgery on his ACL, to the lions, so to speak.
“You just want him to be able to be successful in the situation that he’s going into,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “We felt like going into the game, for a guy who has missed as much time as he has and really only had two padded practices prior to playing in the game, we just felt like it was best just to keep him in a special teams role unless we really, really needed him to go out and play defense. That was the thought there, and we’re hopeful that he’ll get more snaps on defense as we go forward.”
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