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November 26, 2013

Injured Guard Brian Waters has yet to have surgery on injured triceps or decide on a return in 2014

Guard Brian Waters will have surgery to repair his torn triceps at some point. That’s a quality of life decision to him. However, Waters, 37, has not decided if he will try to football in next season or retire.

“Whatever decision I make is going to be a long, drawn-out process, like it always is,” Waters said.  “I’m just trying to make it through this particular phase of this process and making a decision whether to have surgery or not and figuring out a timeline on that. Then I’ll worry about that next situation after I go through the rehab and all of that stuff and figure out where I am physically.”

Waters signed with the Cowboys on Sept. 4 after sitting out all of last season. He eventually started five games before injuring his triceps on Oct. 27 against the Detroit Lions.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he would welcome Waters back next season. Whenever he has the surgery, it will be a five-month rehab before he will be cleared to play again. He would like to leave on his own terms but he primary objective is to take his time and make the right decision for himself and his family.

“But sometimes you have to put your pride aside and do what is best for yourself,” Waters said. “Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. I have to make sure I’m doing what’s smart. And obviously I’m going to talk to the medical people and make sure medically, whatever decision I make, it’s the right decision.”

 Clarence Hill

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