Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says the team will seriously consider bringing 36-year-old guard Brian Waters back for the 2014 season.
Waters came out of semi-retirement to join the Cowboys in September after signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal and played very well through seven games before going down with a torn triceps in the loss to the Lions. Waters himself wanted to rehab and play through the injury, but the Dallas medical staff reviewed the injury and decided it best to shut him down for the year.
This doesn’t necessarily mean his time with the Cowboys is over, however.
“He is a heck of a guy to have on your football team,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a warrior. He demonstrated that throughout his career in the short period of time he was with us. He had a real positive impact and his demeanor and his temperament was contagious particularly for that offensive line group.”
Indeed, Waters drew a lot of praise for his influence on the team’s younger offensive linemen in his short time alongside them.
“We have so many young guys. Tyron Smith is young. Ron Leary is young. Travis Frederick is young. All these guys are young football players and to have a veteran guy like that to kind of show them how to do it, it was really good,” Garrett said. “It was good for our team and hopefully that contagious nature continues in his absence. We certainly want him to be around as he’s on IR to continue to have that impact and we’ll see how everything comes out with the surgery, but we’re certainly very open to having him back.”
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