Updated Sep 20, 2012 11:42 AM ET
was a member of the Dallas Cowboys
He just didn't feel like one.
Recovery from knee surgery forced Carter to miss the first six games of his rookie season. When he returned, he barely touched the field as a linebacker. Carter was instead used almost exclusively on special teams.
"It was definitely tough, especially not being able to play (defense) and coming in so late," Carter told FOXSports.com on Wednesday at team headquarters. "You just want to keep working, take mental reps and try and stay as focused as you can so when that time comes you'll be ready."
That time has come — and Carter has proven more than ready.
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