Light & the O-line: 'They're fighters'

October, 20, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made reference to left tackle Matt Light being injured during the team's winning drive in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-16 triumph over the Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. It turns out Light got rolled up on when Brady executed a third-down quarterback sneak to move the chains with little more than a minute to play.

Light Ankle Injury

Light could be seen squirming in pain after the play and then he grabs at the right ankle before hobbling back towards the huddle (but the Patriots were in no-huddle mode and already lining up for the next play). With time ticking down, Light played two more snaps and did enough to hold off linebacker DeMarcus Ware as Brady completed two more passes. Patriots coach Bill Belichick called timeout right before Aaron Hernandez's 8-yard touchdown grab and Brady noted how the team put Logan Mankins in help for Light to prevent Ware from getting to the quarterback.


"I think [coach Belichick] was concerned with Matt [Light] because he knew he was hurting," Brady said Sunday. "He wanted to make sure that we had DeMarcus Ware under control. We helped [Light] out with the protection to give us a little more time and Logan helped out on that, too. It was good. As usual, Coach was right."

Veteran guard Brian Waters expanded on Light's gutsy effort on Wednesday before the team broke for five days during the bye week.

"I actually saw him get rolled up on the quarterback sneak," said Waters. "I saw him getting up very slowly. But he did a great job of surviving. That’s one of those things, where the adrenaline is pumping and you're doing what you need to do. One thing I found out about these guys: They're all fighters. That’s something that showed up, it was very evident in that situation."

Light sat out the team's final practice of the week on Wednesday. The Patriots do not have to turn in an official injury report during the bye week, but one would assume the break was related to getting that ankle healthy.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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