Garrett doesn't rule out Waters playing Sunday vs. Giants

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Brian Waters of the New England Patriots prepares to block Jared Odrick of the Miami Dolphins during the second half of New England's 27-24 win at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)



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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 5:59 PM

IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett employed a "Garrettism" when asked if he'd rule out newly-acquired offensive lineman Brian Waters for Sunday's opener against the Giants.

"We're focused on Wednesday," Garrett said, dodging the question with one of his process-oriented quips.

While Garrett wouldn't give the media a straight answer, Waters workout Tuesday provided the answers team officials needed to see.

"We've all seen a lot of football players for a lot of years, he's been a damn good football player for a long time," Garrett said. "[We] just wanted to see what kinda shape he was [in] - how he was moving around, how he responded to the work."

Waters has skipped training camp before. He joined New England just days before the start of the 2012 season, playing every game in the Pats' Super Bowl run.

But Waters didn't play at all last season partly because of "family concerns," according to Garrett.

The Cowboys must now weigh whether he can duplicate his quick comeback of a couple of years ago, or whether they should give him more time to get conditioned and acclimated to the Cowboys offense.