Cowboys shelve Bruce Carter

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will be without their top two tacklers for the rest of the season as Bruce Carter joined fellow linebacker Sean Lee on injured reserve Monday.

The Cowboys placed Carter on injured reserve because of a dislocated left elbow suffered on Thanksgiving against Washington and signed Brady Poppinga.

Carter is scheduled to have surgery this week. Lee was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 24 after undergoing right big toe surgery.

Carter is the fourth defensive starter to be put on injured reserve with Lee, safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick remains on the active roster despite undergoing left hand surgery on Friday.

Poppinga worked out for the Cowboys in late October when the team signed Gary Guyton. Ernie Sims likely will be promoted to the starting lineup in Carter's absence. Poppinga is an eight-year veteran, spending six years with Green Bay and starting 12 games for St. Louis in 2011.

Poppinga says he tried to keep himself in "Batman" shape -- ready when called -- while sitting out this season. He last played in the 2011 finale with St. Louis.

The Cowboys also have signed receiver Anthony Armstrong, who worked out for the team last week, to take the spot of receiver Andre Holmes, who was cut.

Armstrong caught three passes in five games for 12 yards earlier this year for Miami. He spent the 2010-11 seasons with Washington and has 54 catches for 986 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

In addition, the Cowboys signed Reggie Jones to the practice squad to replace Danny Coale, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament two weeks ago.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.