Belichick on Matt Light: 'He's Coming Along'

Ian Logue
August 25, 2011 at 02:48pm ET

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Through two games Patriots rookie Nate Solder has gotten the nod at the left tackle position, including last week's start in front of quarterback Tom Brady against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It sounds like offensive tackle Matt Light is getting closer to seeing some game action. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

This week it sounds like fans may see Matt Light, who has yet to play in either of the first two exhibition games.  Of the first 21 practices, Light missed 16 of them and has been slowly easing his way back into the line-up.  According to head coach Bill Belichick, if Light's feeling up to it, this could be the game he gets some playing time.

"If he's ready, I think he will be [playing on Saturday]," Belichick told the media on Wednesday.  "He's been out there, he's been able to do everything. I think his lead-up to the start of practice was good. Since he's been out on the field, he's been able to do everything we have asked him to do. So I think he's coming along.

"We'll see how it goes here today, see where we're at for the weekend. But I think he's close, I'll put it that way. If he doesn't play this week, I think he would be ready to play soon. Maybe he will be ready to play this week, I don't know."

Belichick also said that the team would be making their evaluations today on the rest of some of the other guys who have been battling injuries today before deciding who will make the trip to Detroit for Saturday's game.