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No word on whether Brian Waters will return

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  July 28, 2012 01:19 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio addressed the media today instead of coach Bill Belichick, and he declined to elaborate on guard Brian Waters' continued absence while also saying he was unsure if cornerback Alfonzo Dennard would participate in today's practice.

Waters has been absent from Patriots activities for the last two months, including minicamp and now the first three days of training camp. The team has declined to comment on whether the 12-year veteran will retire.

"I don't have any updates on it at this point," Caserio said. "[There's] really no change at this point from the other day."

Asked if Waters could be fined for missing camp, Caserio didn't want to get into specifics.

"Any decision we make on a player, we'll keep that internal," he said.

Caserio did say the Patriots would take it "day by day" with Dennard, who walked off the practice field Friday with an injured hamstring and didn't return. He did not say if Dennard would practice.

In other notes:

- Caserio said the team doesn't really have a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. "I'd say we've been a multiple team for as long as I've been around ... It's really specific to the team we're playing."

- With 90 players on the roster, the team will shed some 35 to 40 players in the next month. Caserio said he believes a lot of those players will find jobs elsewhere.

- After the Patriots cut running back Joseph Addai and went into camp with 89 players, they picked up offensive guard Darrion Weems. Caserio was asked if the team was more confident in the running backs group or less confident in the offensive line, which has been stung with offseason injuries and Waters' absence.

"I think that any player that we bring into the program we bring 'em in because we feel that they're going to be competitive on our team. So the roster is constantly changing and constantly evolving ... We're always monitoring that, we stay in contact with different players, different agents throughout the course of spring and summer. We worked out a number of players from May up until this point. So you really take it day by day, see how practice goes, see how the team is faring and make a decision from there. We'll just go out there and see how it goes."

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