The Dallas Cowboys took North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter with their second-round pick, No. 40 overall, even though he had suffered a torn ACL just five months earlier. If Carter’s own assessment of his recovery is to be believed, that was a wise pick.
Carter said on KESN-FM 103.3 that he feels great and is eager to get on the practice field just as soon as training camps open.
“The knee’s doing well,” Carter said, via DallasNews.com. “I’d probably say to myself that I’m about 85 percent. I will say that I am full speed, I’ve been cutting, it’s just kind of more like a mental thing more than it is physical. Just trying to get my feeling back and I feel pretty good about it. I’m ready to go.”
Of course, players’ optimism about how soon they can return from injuries isn’t always shared by team doctors, and it’s entirely possible that the Cowboys’ medical staff will have a different assessment of how ready to go Carter is.
But Carter says he feels good enough that he thinks he might be able to play right now. If the Cowboys had a game this week, Carter says of his playing status, “It would be a game time decision.”