G Waters visits with the Patriots

September, 3, 2011
In a move that highlights the Patriots' concerns at right guard, veteran free-agent offensive lineman Brian Waters visited with the team.

The 34-year-old Waters played for the Chiefs from 2000-2010, appearing in 163 games, with 149 starts, and is a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Waters (6-3, 320) won the 2009 Walter Peyton Man of the Year award.

The Patriots have injury concerns at right guard, where starter Dan Connolly (right ankle) and top backup Ryan Wendell (calf) have been sidelined, with third-stringer Rich Ohrnberger landing on season-ending injured reserve (head/concussion).

Keeping just eight offensive linemen on their initial 53-man roster, it makes sense to think the Patriots are currently in the market for NFL-ready help, and Waters makes a lot of sense. The team also had former Cowboys center Andre Gurode in for a visit.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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