Cowboys will miss injured Carter

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter was in the midst of his best game of the season, when he suffered a strained quadriceps in the fourth quarter that's expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks.

Carter, still limping noticeably on Wednesday, had six tackles and two pass defections in the Cowboys' 38-17 win against New Orleans. One of his deflections resulted in Justin Durant's first interception in 54 games.

"He played one of his better games since he's been with the Cowboys," Garrett said of Carter. "He's a very physically talented guy. He's strong. He's explosive. He's fast. The more and more he plays the better he'll get.

"He made tackles in the run game. He affected the passing game. He was really active in the game the other night."

With Carter out, expect Durant to get some work at strongside linebacker, while rookie Anthony Hitchens plays on the weakside.

"It's tough losing Bruce because you could tell he was getting into a groove," Durant said. "He was kind of skeptical when he first made the move, but things were finally coming together for him. Then - boom - he's out. We're going to miss him."