Waters played only one series in the second half because he suffered injuries to his knee, ribs and triceps.
"Just trying to make it out of Detroit alive, man," Waters said.
The Cowboys also lost cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church to hamstring injuries. At the end of the game, the Cowboys' defense had rookies Jakar Hamilton and Jeff Heath playing safety due to the injuries to Church.
Starting running back DeMarco Murray (sprained knee) and starting defensive end DeMarcus Ware (thigh) missed the game due to injuries. Ware's absence wasn't a surprise, but there was a thought Murray would play after practicing some last week.
Murray said if he was practicing he expected to play, but that wasn't the case.
"I know the guys that were in there for (Church and Claiborne) really played well," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "I think DeMarco Murray could have gone. I don’t know what risk we would have taken with him, but he could have gone."