Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Brian Waters getting closer to playing
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Wednesday was another day of progress for Dallas Cowboys guard Brian Waters.
After signing with the team last week, Waters has been working on his conditioning, getting in football shape and learning the offense. In regards to playing in the Week 2 game at Kansas City, a place he called home for a decade, Waters said he wasn't sure.
"I have no idea," Waters said after Wednesday's practice. "That will be Coach's call, I’m just going to prepare myself as ready as possible the best that I can. I want to play regardless. The Kansas City aspect of it, is just the way the schedule fell. I definitely want to try and get on the field as fast as possible. I don’t think, it really doesn’t makes a difference that it's Kansas City."
If Waters plays, the Cowboys could rotate him at right guard with Mackenzy Bernadeau or just make him active for the game but elect not to place him on the field. Waters said he doesn't care how many snaps he gets, because he prepares as if he'll play the whole game.
"I just need to be ready to play," he said. "I had a situation in New England  where I went into the game and it was going to be 30 plays and guy breaks his leg and I ended up being 68 plays. I don’t want to get my mindset wrapped around how many plays, if I start or not. I just want to be ready to go and [be] ready to answer the bell, no matter how many plays. If they ask, if I have the opportunity to play."
This is the second homecoming of sorts for Waters, should he play. While in New England he played against the Chiefs in 2011 and was part of a 34-3 victory. Several former Kansas City teammates have reached out to Waters by text and with phone calls to wish him well -- except when he plays against them.
Waters is still beloved within the Chiefs organization. Last season, after Chiefs player Jovan Belcher died in a murder-suicide, Waters left Dallas and flew to Kansas City to help several players deal with the tragedy.
"It was hard, nobody can prepare for something like that," said Waters who was a member of the NFLPA executive committee. "All you can do is come together to help as best you can. It was about being there for each other. They did a great job, they came out and won the game and played a tough game the next day."