Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter was demoted from his starting spot at weakside linebacker. Ernie Sims got his starting role but when he struggled and missed multiple tackles Carter got a chance to redeem himself.
“He responded really, really well,” head coach Jason Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Bruce got his chances and he made some plays in this game. The best part about him is his demeanor and his spirit. We saw a little out of Bruce Carter out there today, which is good. Flying around, making plays, having an impact on the game. He did a really good job.”
“As a coach you’re always trying to make sure you’re pushing the right buttons and get guys to play,” Garrett said. “…He responded to the situation really well.”
Carter finished the day with six tackles and possibly the starting job again. The Cowboys ultimately won the game against the Minnesota Vikings 27-23, but struggled at times to bring down Adrian Peterson and slow down the offense. At one point Peterson dragged multiple Cowboys defenders.
Earlier in the game, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder scrambled 7 yards for a touchdown. Sims had him squared up but was juked out. It looks almost like he gives up on it after overrunning it.