Light To Come Off Of PUP, Expected to Practice

Ian Logue
August 13, 2011 at 02:32pm ET

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Mike Reiss of reported on Saturday that Matt Light is expected to come off of the physically unable to perform list and participate during the team's practice session.

According to the report Light, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, hasn't seen the field just yet this preseason.  He also spent Thursday night watching rookie Nate Solder, who played fairly well during the team's 47-12 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Whether or not that's on his mind remains to be seen, as Light said back on August 3rd he's not too worried.

Matt Light is finally ready to get on the field and begin practicing. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
"You know, competition is the name of the game," said Light, who turned 33 back in June.  "There's always going to be guys pushing everybody at every level when you have a coach like Bill [Belichick] and the rest of the staff. I think it's a good thing, it drives all of us -- that's why we're out here, we're out here to compete, compete against each other, compete against the opponent. Drafting a guy to come and fill in for these old bones -- it was inevitable, so hopefully we'll have some fun teaching him a thing or two out here."

With the veteran finally getting back onto the field, Belichick had nothing but praise for Light when asked about him on Saturday, and said he's also been "good for our football team."

"Matt's been a good player for us," said Belichick. "He's been here, played very well for us through the years, been a really consistent player. I think the more good players you have on your team, the better your team."

"As well as playing, he gives us a lot of other things. I think he's good for our football team. I don't think you can have too many good players, especially at that position. We worked it out. Matt and I talked about the situation, and obviously we feel comfortable with him on the team, he felt comfortable signing with the team, so I don't see any reason not to go full speed ahead with it."