Back in 2010, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Sean Lee in the second round out of Penn State, knowing well that, due to some knee issues, he may not make an immediate impact. In 2011, Lee emerged to become a starter, the team’s leading tackler, and one of the best defensive players on the roster.
Last April, the team took Bruce Carter, also an inside linebacker with knee issues, out of North Carolina in the second round. But asked by the Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George this week if he expected an emergence from Carter next year, similar to that of Lee in his second season, Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that this sort of thinking would be jumping the gun a bit.
"I think that's a jump or presumptuous," Jones said. "It was amazing what Bruce Carter was able to do relative to the time you assess when you have that kind of injury. He was outstanding in his rehab. He was really used with the speed and skill on special teams, he made some good plays for us, did some things out there a lot of normal players can't do. If he can carry that over, which he should be able to do, to defense he should make a good defender for us."
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