Sore foot, poor play took Bruce Carter out

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter was taken out of the lineup Sunday against the San Diego Chargers not just for poor play but also a slight foot injury.

“That’s something we heard about in the second half of the game,” coach Jason Garrett said.

But the coach was clearly displeased with Carter’s performance. He was beaten by Chargers running back Danny Woodhead for two touchdowns and had other struggles in coverage.

“There were some other things going on in our other coverage that he didn’t do quite enough good job on,” Garrett said. “We wanted to give Ernie Sims some chances to come play, particularly in that nickel package. ... We’ve just got to get better there. Bruce has been a good cover linebacker for us, and he’ll be a good cover linebacker for us again.”

Garrett did not commit to Carter in the nickel package.

“We’ll continue the evaluation and we’ll give them both chances as the week goes on and make those determinations by game time,” Garrett said.