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Bills visiting with free-agent linebacker Bruce Carter

For the second time this week, the Buffalo Bills played host to a free-agent defensive player.

On Friday, linebacker Bruce Carter was at One Bills drive. Earlier this week, end Kroy Biermann was at the team's facility.

Carter, who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, spent last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He proved to be a disappointment with the Buccaneers, who after signing him to a four-year contract, relegated him to backup duty when he was surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Kwon Alexander. Carter wound up starting three games last season. He was credited with 47 tackles, two sacks and two passes defensed.

The former University of North Carolina standout was considered one of the top linebacker prospects and widely viewed as a first-round choice entering the 2011 NFL Draft before suffering an ACL injury in his left knee as a senior. Carter spent most of his rookie year recovering from the injury, and was limited to mostly special-teams work after being activated.

In 2012, Carter had a breakout season, finishing second on the team with 70 tackles, despite suffering a dislocated elbow that landed him on the injured-reserve list for the final five games.

Carter followed that up with a disappointing season in 2013, then dealt with a right quadriceps injury that slowed him in 2014.

He also has made free-agent visits to the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

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