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Carter (thigh) will not play Sunday against the Giants but expects to return in Week 8 against Washington, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The fourth-year linebacker has been able to increase the intensity of his running in recent days, but Carter went ahead and ruled himself out for Week 7, meaning Kyle Wilber will draw another start at strongside linebacker against New York. Carter seems optimistic, however, that he will be able to rebuild enough strength in time to play in Week 8, following a three-game absence.

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Carter (thigh) may be able to return Sunday against the Giants, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones did not rule out Carter on Tuesday when speaking about the team's injured players with the media.

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Carter (thigh) is out for Sunday's game against Seattle.

With Carter out and Rolando McClain (groin) questionable, what was already a favorable matchup for Marshawn Lynch is now well beyond enticing.

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Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones wasn't optimistic about the chances of Carter (quad) playing against the Seahawks on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Anthony Hitchens took Carter's place at string-side linebacker last week against the Texans, but with Rolando McClain also battling a groin injury, the Cowboys' linebacking corps could be a very patchwork affair in Week 6.

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Carter (quad) didn't practice Wednesday and has ruled himself out for Week 5's tilt against the Texans, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

He's aiming to be ready for the following week's game in Seattle. Kyle Wilber will get the start at strong side linebacker while Carter is sidelined.

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Carter is considered week to week after an MRI on Monday confirmed he suffered a quadriceps strain during Sunday night's game against the Saints, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Carter was rounding into great form prior to Sunday's Week 4 injury, as he posted 12 tackles, an interception, and a touchdown in Dallas' Week 3 win over St. Louis. Nonetheless, in wake of Sunday's quad strain, the versatile linebacker will now be hard-pressed to play in Sunday's next game against the Texans. Should Carter indeed be ruled out, rookie Anthony Hitchens or Kyle Wilber could be promoted to the Cowboys' starting strongside linebacker position.

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Carter suffered a right quad injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints, and he will not return to the contest, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News

Carter pulled up lame while trying to make a tackle, and though the injury looked somewhat serious, he was standing around on the sideline shortly thereafter. He had six tackles (three solo) and two pass defenses before leaving, after recording 12 tackles (nine solo) and a pick-six last week against the Rams. Health permitting, Carter could have a breakout IDP season, as he's been working as a three-down linebacker. He had 96 tackles (73 solo) in 15 games last year, after recording 70 (51 solo) in just 11 games in 2012.

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Carter had a huge game Sunday, recording 12 tackles and returning a fourth quarter interception 25 yards for what proved to be the game-clinching touchdown.

For one game at least, Carter looked like the player the Cowboys thought he could become after his rookie season. Depending on the health of the rest of the linebacking corps he could keep flipping between the weak side and strong side, but hopefully Carter can build some confidence heading into Week 4's matchup against the Saints.

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Carter will get the start at strong-side linebacker on Sunday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Carter played on the weak side last year, but his struggles with coverage assignments have forced the Cowboys to shift him to the other side of the formation. The Sam LB spot has more blitz responsibilities, which should be a good fit for Carter given his speed and athleticism, but his tackle totals could be limited.

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New Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli plans on having Carter play behind Henry Melton on every snap, the same alignment that got Lance Briggs to the Pro Bowl in 2012, the Dallas Morning News reports.

With Melton protecting Carter, the linebacker will be free to read and react, an adjustment that should help his natural instincts and athleticism play up. Briggs recorded 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 11 pass defenses and two INTs (both returned for touchdowns) with Melton camped in front of him in 2012, and Derrick Brooks made the Hall of Fame with Warren Sapp performing a similar role for him back when the defense was new in Tampa. There's no guarantee Carter will have a big season, given his coverage struggles last year, but the Cowboys are doing everything they can to put him in a position to succeed.