IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will begin the time frame for linebacker Bruce Carter to join the 53-man roster on Wednesday by having the second-round pick practice for the first time.
Carter is on the non-football injury list recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered at North Carolina last season. The Cowboys will have three weeks to practice him before having to promote him to the active roster or placing him on injured reserve.
“It’s exciting because we haven’t seen him,” coach Jason Garrett said. “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 said he will not require a brace once he gets back on the field and anticipates being able to help on special teams first.
Defensively he hopes to help in certain sub packages, “where I can use my athletic ability and not have to think so much because I’ve been out for so long,” he said.
But he is just excited to be on the field again.
“I’ve got to get back into football shape,” Carter said. “That’s something that’ll be big on its own.”
Kicker Kai Forbath is also eligible to come off NFI, but Garrett did not indicate the same move would be made as Carter.