Cowboys Lose RG Brian Waters For The Year
By Allen Kim
Dallas Cowboys RG Brian Waters is going to miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season with a triceps injury. Jerry Jones confirmed the news via his weekly radio show earlier today.
“He’s done a lot,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Maybe as much as anything else, it’s his demeanor. He’s a guy that plays the game the right way. He’s physical. He’s tough. He knows what to do. He plays with a little bit of an edge to him, and that’s a positive thing, and I’ve talked to our team about it. It’s contiguous. You get a guy like that who can do it again and again and again, always kind of making an impression, trying to break their will, and other guys see that it’s OK, and it’s a good thing to do. It’s good for your team. He’s good for the offensive line, and he’s good for everybody on our team. He’s had a real positive influence.”
Waters has had a notable impact on the Cowboys’ offensive line. Since entering the lineup, he’s been one of the most effective pass blockers at the guard position this year. However, this could very well be the last time we see Waters on the field ever again. The 36-year-old may have been very effective this year, but he’s not getting any younger, and he didn’t even draw much interest from around the league until Dallas came calling.
The Cowboys will now be forced to turn back to Mackenzy Bernadeau, who began the year as their starting right guard until he lost the job to Waters. Bernadeau offers a significant downgrade at the position, and there are now some depth concerns along the offensive line.
“[Bernadeau] started for us the entire year last year and played well, came in and played about 20 snaps and played well yesterday,” Jones said on the radio. “Then, we’ll look to what we do with depth off our practice squad.”
“It’s an adjustment just for the fact that you go from being in the game all the time to being on the sideline and waiting around,” Bernadeau said. “You never want anybody to go down and get hurt. At the same time, when your number is called, you’ve got to be prepped, and that’s how I’ll be.”