INDIANAPOLIS – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t exactly say it, but you don’t have to be a mind reader to realize he badly wants second-year player Bruce Carter to land a starting job at linebacker this season.
A second-round pick, Carter missed training camp and the first half of his rookie season while rehabbing a knee injury left over from his days at North Carolina.
“No one is penciled in as a starter…(but) we still like him a lot,” Garrett said. “He came back from the injury as well as can be expected. Typically, coming back from those injuries is a year-and-a-half to two year (process). Ask anybody who has had an ACL surgery and they say, ‘I didn’t feel quite right in Year One. I felt a lot better in Year Two.’ He’s coming up on Year Two.
“We’re excited about getting him in the offseason program, getting him with (strength-and-conditioning coach) Mike Woicik and making sure he is physically ready and stable and ready to roll. We’re to see how he progress into OTAs and t