Bruce Carter suffers hip injury

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Already without Jay Ratliff, Anthony Spencer and Kenyon Coleman and playing with their second starting safety in Danny McCray, the Cowboys’ defense is without one of their inside linebackers after one series.

Bruce Carter suffered a left hip injury on an 8-yard swing pass to Michael Bush. He was replaced by Dan Connor.

Carter’s return is questionable. (UPDATE: Carter returned to start the second half.)

Without Carter, the Cowboys would be expected to use more of their dime defense in passing situations.

Carter has gotten off to a good start to his first season as a starter with 21 tackles in the first three games as well as two tackles for loss and a pass breakup.