Time might be running out on Brian Waters

IRVING, Texas -- Try as Brian Waters and the Dallas Cowboys might, keeping the veteran right guard on the 53-man roster might be too tall of a task.

Waters is seeking multiple opinions on his triceps injury in hopes of playing again this season, but the Cowboys are in need of a roster spot and might be unable to wait.

"Doing a little more diligence and then we’ll make a decision probably, hopefully before the day is out," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

Waters wants to attempt to play even if surgery is the inevitable option, but with injuries at other spots on the roster, like cornerback, the Cowboys are looking at placing him on season-ending injured reserve.

"He’s a pro,” Jones said. "He didn’t come back to get the proverbial check. I think he really came back to compete and make a difference, and he’s made a difference for us. Even if we don’t have him again, I think he’s made a huge difference in our room and made the guys around him better. Obviously glad we signed him. Very unfortunate what’s happened to him. But obviously we’re looking and seeing and making sure he wants to (see), if there’s any way he could play through this. But obviously, not totally optimistic there."

The Cowboys signed Waters on Sept. 4 to a one-year deal with a $1.5 million base salary. He could earn another $1.5 million in incentives. He has started the past five games, but will be replaced by Mackenzy Bernadeau.

"At one point, we were totally counting on Mackenzy," Jones said. "It’s great to have him. That’s one of the things that Waters brought to the table when we ultimately got him, was, it not only solidified the front, but it solidified our depth. We think Mackenzy can go in there and do the job."