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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Light: Ruling 'a great thing for the players'

By Mike Reiss

BOSTON -- Patriots players commented on the latest developments in the NFL's labor battle prior to this morning's Matt Light Lockout Breakfast at the Liberty Hotel.

Light, the Patriots' player representative, said he was pleased that Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifted the NFL's lockout (owners have appealed).

"It is a great thing for the players, from the standpoint that hopefully this will get us back to the (negotiating) table," Light said. "We still have a long way to go but this is definitely a good thing."

Some players from other NFL teams planned to show up to work today, but Light has advised his Patriots teammates to sit tight.

A conference call is scheduled for tonight with executive director DeMaurice Smith, according to Light.

"What I've been telling the guys is 'give it a little time'," Light said. "Guys are wondering 'Do I need to get on a plane today? How do I proceed?' I can't give them answers to all those things, but hopefully later on tonight I will have more of them."

Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork said he didn't plan to show up for workouts until there was more clarity with the labor situation.

"I won't head to Foxboro until everything is over with," he said. "I don't think that is the right way (to do things) in this situation."