IRVING, Texas Bruce Carter was benched for a game over spotty play early in the season. Now it's hard to tell what the Dallas Cowboys would do without him at linebacker.
Carter's return to practice Wednesday after missing the loss to Green Bay with a hamstring injury was good news for the league's worst defense.
Sean Lee is probably out Sunday against Washington with a neck sprain. Justin Durant's season is over because of a hamstring injury.
Ernie Sims isn't practicing because of a hip and groin problem.
Among the replacements, Kyle Wilber is the only one who has started a game. And he began the season as a defensive end.
Coach Jason Garrett says the first task is figuring out who's available against the Redskins.