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DAVIE, Fla. -- New England Patriots fans can exhale now. Pro Bowl left tackle Matt Light wasn't suspended for his role in an embarrassing altercation with Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder on Sunday.
Each player was fined $15,000. A suspension would have been significantly more painful for the Patriots. While Crowder is a starter and a top tackler, the Dolphins will play the St. Louis Rams this week in a game they should win.
The Patriots, meanwhile, will host the Pittsburgh Steelers, who boast two of the NFL's top five sackmasters. Outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have a combined 22.5 sacks.
Mark LeVoir, who has two career NFL starts in his three season, likely would have replaced Light. LeVoir finished Sunday's game at left tackle. His starts came in Weeks 7 and 8 after right tackle Nick Kaczur injured an ankle.
Light spoke to reporters Wednesday morning for the first time since he grabbed a helmetless Crowder by the braided hair and repeatedly delivered punches to the back of his head after a fourth-quarter field goal. Both were ejected.
"You know what, honestly, I think that matter is kind of a closed deal now," Light said, according to Boston Globe reporter Mike Reiss. "It was what it was. Obviously, I'm not happy with what my actions were and I don't think that was the way to go.
"In my mind, it's a closed deal now. They've made a decision on it and we're going to move forward and get ready to play a good Steelers team. I think that's where everybody's concentration should be right now, and that's definitely where mine is at this point."
I'll try to get Crowder's reaction after the Dolphins open their locker room to the media at 2 p.m.