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Monday, October 17, 2011
Bruce Carter eligible to practice this week

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys can take linebacker Bruce Carter and kicker Kai Forbath off the non-football injury list as soon as tomorrow now that Week 7 is about to start.

Carter, the team’s second round pick, has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last November at North Carolina. Forbath, who was signed during training camp, has been slowed by a quadriceps injury.

The Cowboys have a three-week window in which to activate the players off the list and then will have three weeks to practice them before they would have to add them to the 53-man roster, place them on injured reserve or cut them.

The Cowboys will receive roster exemptions for the players to practice but once they are added to the 53-man roster they would have to cut one or two players.

Carter wore pads over the last two weeks in his rehab and said recently he hoped to be able to play as soon as Sunday’s game vs. St. Louis in a special teams’ role. The Cowboys knew he would need time to recover from the knee surgery. Because of the lockout the team’s rehab staff was not able to work with Carter until training camp began.