The Cowboys have struggled to a 2-8 record behind four starting quarterbacks (Anthony Wright, Clint Stoerner, and Ryan Leaf) while waiting for Quincy to get healthy.
The coaching staff is trying to get a good evaluation of Carter during the remaining six games to have a better idea of his future with the team. Owner Jerry Jones is a big fan of Carter's which was evidenced by his surprise selection of the talented quarterback in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
"We're going to use the things that Quincy does best," offensive coordinator Jack Reilly said. "He hasn't had much time, so we're still trying to find out what those things are. But we think he can do some things on the run, and we're going to work on finding ways to do that."
While missing the last six games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring, Carter never missed a rehab session or quarterback meeting while focusing on learning the playbook.
"I knew I had to do everything I was doing up to that point," Carter said. "I took all the quarterback tests. I didn't miss any of the meetings. At the first of the rehab, I don't think I had to go to all of them, but I just didn't want to get behind on the offense. I wanted to stay on top of my game."
Carter feels that he's completely healthy and is looking forward to facing the streaking Redskins, winners of five straight games.
"Oh no, I'm ready," said Carter when asked if he'll be limited at all with the hamstring. "When you come back from surgery, you have to be 100 percent, not 70 or 80 percent. I wouldn't be playing if I couldn't do everything I wanted to. I'm ready to go."
- Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis is also scheduled to return from injury on Sunday. Davis has missed the past two games after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee. Davis has only played in three games this season. His return is expected to fill the void with the loss of another former Dawg Olandis Gary to a broken leg on Thanksgiving Day.
- Todd Peterson (Chiefs) and John Kasay (Panthers) are quietly having great seasons. Both are averaging over 85% on field goal attempts. Peterson is 15-17 (88.2%) with a long of 49 while Kasay is 13-15 (86.2%) with a long of 52. Kasay has missed the previous one and a half seasons with knee injuries.