Carter tallied 12 tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers. The 27-year-old was outstanding in leading the Bucs defense in stops on the afternoon, and he amassed 28 tackles over the last three weeks while filling in for the suspended Kwon Alexander. He also impressively brought down the quarterback twice over the final three games, coming just one short of the total he amassed in his four-year Cowboys career. Carter was also second amongst the linebackers in sacks despite only starting the last three games of the season. Although he was signed as a free agent with the intention of having him man the Mike linebacker position in Lovie Smith's defense, Carter managed to keep a positive attitude after getting beat out by Alexander in preseason, and proved his worth in the latter's stead the last three weeks. A good tackler with sideline-to-sideline speed, Carter will provide outstanding depth in the middle in 2016, and could very well compete for one of the outside linebacker spots.
Carter posted eight tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears. The five-year pro was back on the field as the suspended Kwon Alexander's replacement, after having missed the Week 15 tilt against the Rams with foot and ankle injuries. Carter matched the season high in tackles that he'd amassed in his first start in Alexander's stead in Week 14, while also recording his second pass defensed of the season. The 27-year-old will get the call again in the season finale against the Panthers, and figures to be in for another active afternoon against Carolina's run-heavy attack and the rushing threat that Cam Newton presents.
Carter (ankle) is active Sunday against the Bears. After putting in three full practices this week, Carter will be in the lineup at middle linebacker. Despite his presence in the lineup, he's only been on the field for more than 20 snaps a single time this season. That said, his presence is a boost to the Bucs rushing defense.
Carter (foot) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Rams. Carter did a nice job filling in for Kwon Alexander (suspension) last week, but the Bucs will now turn to Danny Lansanah at middle linebacker. Carter could miss time beyond Week 15 and is no lock to return this season.
Carter (foot/ankle) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game at St. Louis, the Buccaneers official site reports. Carter's doubtful designation comes as no surprise, considering he's been wearing a walking boot and had to be helped off the field in the final series versus the Saints last Sunday. Carter did not practice Wednesday, and Danny Lansanah is expected to slide into his starting middle linebacker role against the Rams.