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Pats excuse Brian Waters from mandatory minicamp

Brian Waters, Tom Brady AP

It’s still not known whether veteran guard Brian Waters will play in 2012, but it is known that he won’t be at the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Patriots have excused Waters from the three-day session, which coupled with his absence from voluntary workouts has served only to increase speculation that he will retired.

Coach Bill Belichick said only that Waters has been “excused for personal reasons.”  (Frankly, I’m surprised he said that much.)

Last month, the Boston Herald reported that Waters still plans to play, following an initial season with New England in which he started every game.

The 12-year veteran has appeared in all but three games since the start of the 2001 season.  If he retires, the Pats will be replacing at least 40 percent of their offensive line, given the retirement of left tackle Matt Light.

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11 Responses to “Pats excuse Brian Waters from mandatory minicamp”
  1. jnbnet says: Jun 12, 2012 1:48 PM

    He did such a good job last year. I hope he can give us one more good year. It would go a long way in the transition to a “young” line.

  2. CKL says: Jun 12, 2012 2:21 PM

    If it’s a choice between having Waters for the year or letting him skip 3 days, that’s an easy one. The guy was TREMENDOUS for the Pats last year.

    BB was in full on post game presser form today. He even got an “it is what it is” in there.

  3. marima07 says: Jun 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    The Patriots didn’t sign Brian Waters until the first week in September last year and he proceeded to start every single game.

    He was one of the best free agent pickups in 2011 and lent an effective, consistent veteran presence to an injury-ridden O-line.

    My guess is that he will play for the Patriots in 2012. Bill Belichick will allow him to stay home to train, and rejoin the team when necessary.

  4. patriots123456 says: Jun 12, 2012 2:30 PM

    Brian played great last year. I wish the Pats had him for his entire career.

    He is a load, durable, great locker room presence. Always studying the playbook. Couldn’t set a better example.

    The league could use more players like Brian Waters.

  5. tombradyallday says: Jun 12, 2012 2:51 PM

    hes earned it hes been in the league for 15 years plus he played at high level last year bb understands that

  6. homelanddefense says: Jun 12, 2012 3:39 PM

    its obvious what is going on here. He will play, but he is going to take all the extra rest he can get.

  7. capslockkey says: Jun 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    I wouldn’t consider it an indication of anything. Waters skipped out on OTAs in KC on a regular basis his last few years. It’s what older veterans, particular union reps, do. If he had an excuse to skip out of the mandatory portion, I’m sure it was valid. The guy has always been a class act.

  8. EJ says: Jun 12, 2012 4:26 PM

    If Waters did retire, losing 40% of your starting Offensive-line has got to hurt. Losing Matt Light to retirement, add on Waters and its starting to look like the Patriots will be getting much younger up front. Inexperience = Indigestion for Brady and Belichick.

  9. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jun 12, 2012 10:37 PM

    I loved Brian Waters he was such a great player I think he will go 1 more yr to see if he can get that ring hate seeing him in suit up in another uniform but he’s a classy guy have nothing but respect for the guy

  10. mornelithe says: Jun 13, 2012 12:32 AM

    EJ says:
    Jun 12, 2012 4:26 PM
    If Waters did retire, losing 40% of your starting Offensive-line has got to hurt. Losing Matt Light to retirement, add on Waters and its starting to look like the Patriots will be getting much younger up front. Inexperience = Indigestion for Brady and Belichick.

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    Not really, Nate Solder played plenty of snaps last year, and prepared very well under Matt Light (Who was actually thrust into starting as a Rookie). If Brian Water’s does retire…even though he’s an amazing force on the line, the Pats side Gallery out of FA, who can play in Water’s place. And Marcus Cannon will likely play Right Guard. Or, if Water’s doesn’t retire Gallery can play Right Guard with Cannon as backup.

    So, on the surface it looks bad, but when you dig a bit deeper, it’s really been planned for. The Pats signed Solder for a reason, and it was probably because they knew Light’s time was coming to a close.

  11. richatthelake says: Jun 13, 2012 1:36 AM

    Don’t panic Pats fans, Waters & Priest Holmes routinely skipped all the OTA’s & a few mini camps while they played in KC.

    They showed up on the first day of training camp in shape, ready to go, then made the Pro Bowl season after season. True professionals.

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