Bruce Carter is getting ready

IRVING -- The last time Bruce Carter played in a game was Nov. 20, 2010.

Carter, then a senior for North Carolina, suffered a season-ending knee injury that day.

It cost him an opportunity to participate in his pro day and at the combine. Carter is expected to come off the non-football injury list this week for the game at Philadelphia.

Carter's role hasn't been clearly defined, but he's working on the special teams units and could see some action on defense at inside linebacker.

"Very excited, very excited," Carter said. "Trying to get every down, down pat so I don’t [expletive] up, excuse my language. A lot of special teams. A lot of learning, getting in, making mistakes, lot of coaches yelling at you, 'Go this way and go that way' and all of that stuff."

Carter said he's talking to inside linebacker and second-year player Sean Lee, who is off to a fantasatic start.

According to the Cowboys' coaches stats, Lee leads the team with 72 total tackles and four tackles for loss. Lee also leads the Cowboys in interceptions (three) and pass breakups (five). He's also recovered two fumbles.

"Look at him," Carter said. "Why not? He's making all the plays."