Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter left the team's Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins with an elbow injury, and it could have massive implications on the rest of the season for Dallas.
According to Ian Rapport via Twitter, Carter was immediately declared out after the awkward injury:
Cowboys LB Bruce Carter has been declared OUT with a left elbow injury. One of many...
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2012
It's an unfortunate turn of events for the Cowboys, who thought all was lost after Sean Lee went down with a season-ending injury earlier in the year. Instead, Carter stepped in and played just as well while becoming the leader of the defense.
If Carter misses an extended period of time, there are several players that must step up in his absence. Let's take a look.