Bruce Carter has emerged as one of the Cowboys' best defensive players substituting for the injured Sean Lee. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
One of the silver linings of the Cowboys defense losing inside linebacker Sean Lee for the season, was the shining play of his replacement, Bruce Carter. Carter's emergence as one of the defense's best players may end with yesterday's loss to the Redskins after the second-year player suffered a dislocated left elbow early in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys also saw their already thin secondary lose a major cover player when slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick fractured his left hand in the second quarter.
Carter and Scandrick both left the Cowboys locker room with their left arms in slings and are scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.
Scandrick told reporters he will have surgery on his hand but hopes to return before the end of the season.
“We know what’s wrong with my hand, but we won’t know [about my wrist] until I get in surgery,” Scandrick said. “I am having some pain in my wrist. I don’t know what that is. As of now, hopefully I will be back before the year is over. If there is any way I can play, I will be back.”
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had already lost three starters for the season
in Lee, safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman.