Well Chris Carter, I guess that you’ll receive a second chance to shine after all.
Many, like this co-editor, believed that the former Fresno State Bulldog played his way out of a long-term spot on Pittsburgh’s roster after his dreadful stint (three games) as a starter at the beginning of the 2012 regular season. In fact, Carter’s future as a backup was even in doubt for this season after rookie UDFA Alan Baxter enjoyed a productive preseason.
Although Carter has been relegated to the bench and special teams duty this fall, the former fifth round pick will get a chance to start this afternoon according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Jarvis Jones inactive w flu; Chris Carter will start at ROLB for #Steelers
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 22, 2013
With Jarvis Jones’ sidelined by his undisclosed illness, it will up to Carter to man the right outside linebacker spot in his place. As I mentioned earlier today, Carter will need to prove to his coaching staff that he is at the very least a capable backup over the next 15 months. An unrestricted free agent in March of 2015, the time is now for the third-year outside linebacker to turn a corner.
As far as the other inactives for today’s game are concerned, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest tweeted them just minutes ago:
Inactives for @Steelers: QB Jones, WR Moye, CB Green, OLB Westerman, C/G Snow, NT Fangupo, OLB Jones. Carter to start for Jarvis.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 22, 2013
Other than the team’s most recent first round pick being shelved, none of the players on this list surprise me. Todd Haley seems to have an aversion to using Derek Moye, Landry Jones has yet to dress all season and Jamaal Westerman signed with the team earlier this week. In addition, the depth at cornerback, nose tackle and at center give the Steelers enough flexibility to sit Isaiah Green, Hebron Fangupo and David Snow.
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