Bruce Carter

#50 LB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 240 lb Age: 27 College: North Carolina Bye 6

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    Bucs LB Bruce Carter (ribs) gets full run in practice Friday

    Buccaneers linebacker Bruce Carter (ribs) was a full participant in practice for a second consecutive day on Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carter appears ready to step in at strong-side linebacker in Week 2 against the Saints should Danny Lansanah, who also practiced fully on Friday, experience any setbacks before the opening kickoff. Although he disappointed in his off-season audition at the middle linebacker spot he was originally signed to occupy, Carter is still expected to provide valuable experience and depth for the Bucs linebacker corps in 2015.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to

    Bucs LB Bruce Carter is full participant in Thursday's practice

    Buccaneers linebacker Bruce Carter (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carter's lack of restrictions is an encouraging sign for his Week 2 status, after a rib injury caused him to exit the opener in the first quarter with only one tackle to his credit. The 27-year-old linebacker was originally expected to man the middle linebacker spot for the Bucs, but was transitioned to the strong side in preseason and eventually lost his spot atop the depth chart to fourth-round rookie Kwon Alexander. Regardless of the fact that he's fallen short of original expectations, Carter undoubtedly provides veteran depth and is figured to rotate in frequently on substitution packages. Another day of full participation Friday will serve as a strong indicator of Carter's chances of suiting up against the Saints on Sunday.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter embracing leadership role

    When th Buccaneers signed linebacker Bruce Carter to a four-year deal this offseason, they hoped he would be the leader to help bolster their defense for years to come. So far, so good. Carter has taken a leadership role during organized team activities and everyone is taking notice. "There is a lot we ask of our linebackers, starting with making the calls," coach Lovie Smith said. "Bruce has done that. He has good athletic ability. Just look at our history with Mike linebackers – any good defense, it starts there. He is the quarterback of the defense. Bruce can handle all that, so we are excited about what we think he is going to bring to the table. I think he had about five interceptions, so he's a playmaker too. We need all that." Carter thrived in a system similar to what the Bucs run while he was in Dallas, so the transition has been smoother than usual for a player switching teams and stepping in to such a big role. "I think it makes it a lot easier, just knowing the scheme overall," Carter said. "For me as an individual, a player learning a new position, especially middle linebacker, it takes some time to get used to it and working at it. [Linebackers] Coach Hardy [Nickerson] has been doing a great job of helping me out with my keys and reads." Carter started 32 games over the last three seasons, and recorded 68 tackles and five interceptions last season in just 13 games.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Bucs sign LB Bruce Carter to four-year deal

    The Buccaneers announced they signed linebacker Bruce Carter to a four-year contract. Carter, 27, spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and led the team with five interceptions last year. He made 234 tackles over the past three years, adding 14 passes defensed and three sacks.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Report: Linebacker Bruce Carter to visit the Buccaneers

    Free agent linebacker Bruce Carter is reportedly set to visit the Buccaneers, according to FOX Sports. Carter then plans to visit the Texans, according to the Dallas Morning News. Carter, who has spent his first four years in the league with Dallas, totaled 68 tackles with five interceptions in 13 games for the Cowboys in 2014.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cowboys highly unsettled at linebacker entering next season

    Three of the Cowboys' top four linebackers -- Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter and Justin Durant -- are headed for unrestricted free agency, notes the Dallas Morning News. The paper says Cowboys brass is at the Senior Bowl looking for depth at linebacker. "We have some contract work to do, but we had players really throughout that linebacker core show up positive last year," owner Jerry Jones told the paper. "I would say that most of our linebackers' arrows are up as far as they played and we have to sit down and work that through as far as what we'll do contractually there."We're fortunate to have some of the options that we have, Sean Lee leading the pack, coming back." Lee missed the 2014 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Cowboys' Romo, Murray, Hitchens, McClain all cleared to play Sunday

    Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (knee, concussion), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), tight James Hanna (knee), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder), safety Jeff Heath (thumb), guard Zack Martin (ankle), running back DeMarco Murray (hand) and quarterback Tony Romo (back) were cleared to play for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay. Hitchens, McClain and Mincey were listed as questionable, while the remaining players were all considered probable.

  • by Igor Mello |

    Cowboys list four defensive players questionable for Sunday

    The Cowboys listed a lengthy injury report that included four defenders listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers. Those included outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle), middle linebacker Rolando McClain (knee, concussion), defensive tackle Terrell McClain (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion). Tackle Doug Free (ankle) was the only player deemed doubtful for the game. Meanwhile, the following players were labeled probable: Outside linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), tight end James Hanna (knee), guard Zack Martin (ankle), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), quarterback Tony Romo (back), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder) and safety Jeff Heath (thumb).

  • by R.J. White |

    Cowboys' Anthony Hitchens, Tyrone Crawford active vs. Lions

    Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (illness) are active for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Lions after both players were listed as questionable to play. Hitchens has been dealing with a right high ankle sprain, while Crawford suffered an allergic reaction, putting his status in doubt Sunday. The team had nine players listed as probable for the first-round playoff matchup, and all are active, including quarterback Tony Romo (back), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), guard Zack Martin (ankle), defensive tackles Josh Brent (calf) and Nick Hayden (shoulder), linebackers Bruce Carter (knee) and Rolando McClain (knee, illness) and safeties Jeff Heath (thumb) and C.J. Spillman (groin). Dallas is a 6-point favorite at home against Detroit.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Cowboys unveil final injury report for matchup with Lions

    The Cowboys have listed defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (illness) and linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Crawford played in 15 games for Dallas this season, totaling 33 tackles and three sacks while Hitchens had 75 total tackles and one interception. The Cowboys have also listed the following players as probable for Sunday: quarterback Tony Romo (back), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), defensive tackle Josh Brent (calf), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder), safety Jeff Heath (thumb), guard Zack Martin (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (knee/illness), safety C.J. Spillman (groin) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (hamstring). The Cowboys are currently 6 1/2-point favorites at home against Detroit.

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