IRVING, Texas – There was no doubting Bruce Carter strained a muscle in his leg after watching him go down chasing Saints running back Khiry Robinson in the fourth quarter Sunday.
It turned out to be a quad strain for Carter, who could miss some time with the injury. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 FM "The Fan" the Cowboys hope he can overcome it, but he'll be questionable for the Texans game.
"We won't know until he actually gets back out here and starts working," Jones said. "He's definitely got a quad strain there, and something we'll have to work through."
Head coach Jason Garrett stopped short of calling him questionable, saying Carter will be day-to-day, but he also called it a quad strain.
Carter was in the midst of arguably his best game of the season, compiling six combined tackles and two passes defended, including one that tipped to Justin Durant for an interception. With a pick-six the week prior against the Rams, that's now two straight weeks Carter's played a role in an interception.
"Bruce played a good game last night," Garrett said. "He probably played his best game last night. He was around the ball, made the big tip on the interception, just seemed to be around the ball, hits on the ball, both in the run game and in the pass game. I thought he did a good job of knocking them back when he tackled them." [embedded_ad]
Jones said he thinks the linebackers, particularly Carter, are starting to understand how to play Rod Marinelli's defense better. It appeared everything started clicking for Carter with the switch to strong side linebacker.
"We like that combination of him playing the Sam and Justin playing the Will, and Rolando (McClain) as the Mike," Garrett said. "It's a good fit for all those guys and he seems to have really responded well to playing that spot and really cutting loose as a rusher, as a cover guy, and again he's showing up a lot around the football – both defending the run and in the pass game.