News: Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter told the official team website that "everything is back to normal" after healing from a dislocated elbow suffered last Thanksgiving.
Analysis: Carter produced moderate tackle totals last season, his second in the league. He's expected to move to the weakside linebacker spot in the Cowboys 4-3 defense led by Monte Kiffin. That should open him up for some pretty good numbers as weakside linebackers typically do well in the scheme. Carter's worth a late-round look in drafts this summer.
News: The Cowboys announced Monday linebacker Bruce Carter, who sustained a season-ending elbow injury Week 12 vs. Washington, was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: Carter has been a standout Fantasy IDP player since Sean Lee was placed on injured reserve. Now, Carter joins him on the sidelines. Fantasy owners should drop Carter in IDP formats.
News: Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter left the team's Week 12 game with a left elbow injury suffered in the fourth quarter. Carter had nine tackles at the time of his injury.
Analysis: Carter now has 70 tackles on the season, but his injury did not look good, and he was brought directly to the locker room without even stopping on the sideline for trainers to look at his arm. If Carter is out for any amount of time, it could be a huge blow to Dallas' defense, as Carter had been a huge boost in place of Sean Lee, who went on the IR with torn ligaments in his big toe in late October.
News: Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter totaled five tackles (four solo) Week 11 vs. Cleveland. He now has 61 tackles in 10 games.
Analysis: Carter has really helped pick up the slack since Sean Lee suffered a season-ending injury. Carter has 25 tackles in three November games and is quickly becoming a reliable Fantasy IDP option.
News: Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter turned in another productive performance in Week 10 against the Eagles. Carter finished with a team-high solo 10 tackles in the 38-23 win with two of those credited as tackles for loss. He now has 56 stops on the year.
Analysis: Carter has been seeing much more playing time with Sean Lee now out for the year and has responded by delivering two straight quality performances. While the 24-year-old has had no problem racking up the tackles, the fact that he hasn't contributed much in the turnover department makes him more of a low-end option. Continue to view him as such heading into Week 11.
News: The Cowboys waived RB Tashard Choice on Saturday to clear a roster spot for LB Bruce Carter, according to ESPNDallas.com. Choice played in all six games for Dallas this season and recorded just 75 rushing yards on 28 attempts.
Analysis: Carter, who was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, was on the NFI (Non-football injury) list and will likely make his pro debut in Week 8 against Philadelphia. He is expected to be worked into the rotation and Fantasy owners should track his progress.
News:The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys rookie LB Bruce Carter, who has been out all season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in college last year, said he felt good and there were no setbacks after his first full week of practice. However, he won't be activated until Week 8 against the Eagles.
Analysis: The Cowboys have high hopes for Carter, who was a standout linebacker in college. But he is likely to be eased into the LB rotation with Dallas, so leave him on waivers in most Fantasy IDP formats until he proves his worth.
News: Cowboys' second-round pick LB Bruce Carter will practice with the team for the first time Wednesday, reports The Dallas Morning News . Carter, who has been recovering from a torn ACL, is finally healthy and eligible to come off the non-football injury list. "It's exciting because we haven't seen him," Garrett said. "He's been working very hard on his own on the side. We're pleased where his conditioning is and where he is physically. He has to integrate himself as a football player. He'll get a chance to do that this week. We'll see him practice and we'll see how he's doing, how confident he is on the knee and hopefully slowly get him intergrated into our defensive system and also into our kicking game and see if he'll make a contribution for us."
Analysis: Carter is finally ready to get back on the field and is expected to practice for the first time all season. While the team will likely be cautious with the rookie at first, he could find himself in a position to contribute in a few weeks. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status over the next two weeks. In the meantime, Carter is probably best left for long-term Fantasy keeper formats on Draft Day.
News: To get down to the NFL mandated 80 players, the Cowboys only had to move two players -- PK Kai Forbath (quad) and LB Bruce Carter (knee) -- to Reserve Non-Football Injury list. Those players can be there for six weeks and have two more additional weeks to practice before a decision is made.
Analysis: Carter isn't expected to be cleared for full contact for at least another week, so this roster move allows Dallas to protect Carter, who is still recovering from December knee surgery after tearing his ACL during his senior season at North Carolina. The Cowboys thought he might be ready for training camp, but they will be cautious because they are also concerned about Carter's long-term outlook. Carter is probably best left for long-term Fantasy keeper formats on Draft Day.
News:The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (knee) said Tuesday he remains at least two weeks away from participating in a practice and likely won't be cleared for full contact until the first week of the regular season. "Right now, I'm just trying to learn and use this time to get my body back and learn the plays and trying to get a feel for everything," Carter said. "I think it's just a precautionary thing to make sure I'm all the way healed."
Analysis: Carter is still recovering from December knee surgery after tearing his ACL during his senior season at North Carolina. The Cowboys thought he might be ready for training camp, but they will be cautious because they are also concerned about Carter's long-term outlook. Carter is probably best left for long-term Fantasy keeper formats on Draft Day.
News: The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Cowboys rookie LB Bruce Carter, who is recovering from an ACL tear, may miss the entire preseason. He suffered the injury in November of 2010, so the rehab places the team's first regular season game in jeopardy as well. Carter is on the non-football injury list currently, though he is signed and eligible to practice once healthy.
Analysis: Carter was one of the more talented defensive players in the draft, but teams stayed away from him in the first round because of the injury. However, in today's NFL, player after player returns just as good as they were before ACL surgery. Carter is losing valuable time in practice and should miss game-action in the preseason, but he may still make an impact on the starting defense in 2011. Still, with the uncertainty, Fantasy owners should avoid the UNC product on Draft Day.
News: The Cowboys spent a second-round pick on the defensive side of the ball, going with UNC LB Bruce Carter. Carter is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in college and is expected to battle for an inside linebacker job this summer.
Analysis: Carter has plenty of upside lining up in the middle of the Cowboys' defense. The knee injury will scare off Fantasy owners from using a pick on him in seasonal drafts, but the upside to rack up tackles is too strong to forget about him in long-term leagues. We'd spend a middle- to late-round pick on Carter in dynasty/keeper leagues and a mid-round pick in rookie-only drafts.