IRVING, Texas -- It's not a mystery, for the Dallas Cowboys, the future at inside linebacker falls on the shoulders of Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.
Carter and Lee represent what the franchise has done in the second round of the past two drafts. And the Cowboys may have been lucky, considering both players undoubtedly slipped in the draft because of knee injuries. Lee suffered his injury in 2008 while Carter's occurred in 2010.
Now that both players are close to being healthy enough to line up together - Carter made his NFL debut on special teams in Philadelphia and took his first snaps on defense last week against Seattle - the Cowboys can start to take a small glimpse into the future.
Despite Lee having his left hand and wrist enclosed in a cast, he and Carter took part in a padded-practice on Wednesday.
Carter said his goal of that practice was working on his communication with Lee, knowing where Lee's at on certain plays while also understanding his own assignments.