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Okay, Lets go through a quick checklist for great linebackers in this league:
Good Tackler? Check.
Bruce Carter has certainly risen to fan favorite quickly hasn't he?
While Carter has filled in for Lee admirably he has ended up with the exact same fate. It's unlikely that Carter will play the rest of the season because of an elbow injury and that's a shame.
Carter will finish the season with 70 tackles. A nice mark for a guy who wasn't even sure if he would start in 2012.
Yet his injury leaves me feeling something similar than I do with DeMarco Murray. I want to leave it all on the table; Bruce Carter is not better than Sean Lee. No matter how you cut it Carter doesn't even match up with the skill set that Lee has.
For some reason though, I find myself somewhat in a bromantic love with Carter. His rise has been incredible to watch and he could really develop into a top player in the league.
Sell*: Before you guys go all crazy there is a caveat to what I'm saying. If Carter can turn in a healthy season next year than this all changes. My reason for selling is that I find it impossible to invest and rely upon two inside linebackers who are injury prone. You can't win in this league with two of your best linebackers are consistently injured
Carter has great skills. Lee and Carter could grow into one of the best tandems in the league. However, if I had to choose, I would chose Lee every time.