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Weak-side Linebacker: Bruce Carter
Middle Linebacker: Justin Durant
Strong-side Linebacker: Kyle Wilber
Injuries have already begun to plague the Dallas linebacking corps. Sean Lee will miss the entire 2014 season. DeVonte Holloman and rookie Anthony Hitchens were injured in Dallas' 37-30 exhibition loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The extent of Holloman and Hitchens' injuries are not yet known. That being said, the Cowboys have few options other than to start Justin Durant, Bruce Carter and Kyle Wilber.
Durant has been practicing mostly with the ones since Lee went down. He is a veteran talent who played some significant time with the 'Boys last year. Carter struggled at times last year in the new 4-3 scheme but should improve with a full season in the system under his belt.
Wilber is the wild card in this picture. He is the most unproved among these projected starters with just six career starts over two seasons.
The Wake Forest product came to Dallas as a defensive end, but necessity pushed him to learn linebacker last year. ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer believes he will be put in that same role again this regular season.
It's possible that Holloman earns the strong-side starting job if his injury doesn't turn out to be serious. He is the most likely to overthrow Wilber for the job. Due to Holloman's questionable health following the Ravens game, though, pencil Wilber in as the starter.