Bobby Carpenter expected to start for Lions

IRVING, Texas -- Detroit will be without outside linebacker and leading tackler Justin Durant on Sunday against the Cowboys because of a concussion, but the Lions could replace him with a familiar face: Bobby Carpenter.

Carpenter, the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 2006, signed with the Lions last season after he was traded by the Cowboys to St. Louis, cut by the Rams and signed and released by Miami. He started the last two games last year and had 17 tackles. He started only three regular season games in four years with the Cowboys.

He has played mostly a special teams role for Detroit this year.

“Bobby has done very well for us,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday on a conference call. “We are very fortunate to get him last year. He played some very good football for us down the stretch. Every time we put him in the game he had tackles. He is an excellent pass defender. That’s probably the strength of his game. He did a good job on special teams. He’s a big part of our linebacker corps. He’s in different packages. He’s a very good cover guy, productive tackling and he’s extremely conscientious. He’s just a very smart player. We’re very happy to have him.”