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Matt Light | Tackle

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Purdue
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Retired LT Matt Light says there's a "zero percent" chance he ever plays again.
"Not in a bad way but when you close the door, it’s always good to keep walking," said Light. Making the rounds at ESPN, the 33-year-old Light also revealed he underwent 14 career surgeries in 11 seasons as an NFL player. Second-year pro Nate Solder is taking Light's place on the blindside in New England. Tue, May 22, 2012 08:29:00 AM

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Retired LT Matt Light revealed Monday that he played through Crohn's disease for his entire 11-year career.

Crohn's is a bowel disease that affects the digestive system. Light says it factored into his retirement, and that he had a near-death experience in 2004. Light suffered complications from an operation to remove 13 inches of his intestine, and couldn't eat for a month. His weight dropped from 315 to 260 post-operation, holding him out of Patriots training camp until the third week. Incredibly, Light missed just six games over his final six seasons.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, May 8, 2012 08:59:00 AM

Patriots placed LT Matt Light on the reserve/retired list.

It's official. Turning 33 in June, Light walks away with three Super Bowl rings and five Super Bowl appearances in an 11-year career. Last year's first-rounder, Nate Solder, is expected to step in as Tom Brady's blindside protector.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 05:11:00 PM

Patriots LT Matt Light has retired from football.

Light didn't show for this week's voluntary workouts, and Profootballtalk.com confirmed via a league source that he's decided to hang 'em up. A three-time Pro Bowler and Tom Brady's longtime blindside protector, Light started 153 career games and was voted a first-team All Pro in 2007. He's not a Hall of Famer, but Light should make his way into the Patriots' Ring of Honor.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 04:59:00 PM

Patriots LT Matt Light is not present for voluntary workouts this week.

Contemplating retirement this offseason, Light didn't realize team activities began on Monday. Although he's believed to be leaning against playing another season, Light has yet to make an official decision on his future.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Patriots LT Matt Light has hinted Sunday that he may play in 2012.

"Last season was great," he said. "I enjoyed it, which I kind of made obvious there at the end." Light was recently elected to the NFLPA’s executive committee, and says he's near full health. He would not need to play in 2012 to maintain his seat on the committee. The expectation remains that Light will retire.
Mon, Mar 26, 2012 08:26:00 AM

ESPN Boston expects Patriots LT Matt Light to retire.

Light has been contemplating retirement since the Patriots' Super Bowl loss, but hasn't offered any public insight into his decision. It's believed he'd have to take a pay-cut from his $3.4 million salary and accept a swing-tackle role to remain with the Pats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 11:23:00 AM

Multiple NFL sources tell the Boston Globe the Patriots are "prepared to move on without" LT Matt Light and free agent C Dan Koppen.

Light is contemplating retirement, while Koppen will likely be allowed to walk after breaking his ankle in Week 1 last season. The Patriots' "hope" is to re-sign fellow free agent C Dan Connolly. According to the Globe, the "big question" is if Light will be willing to come back "as a backup at less money." The Patriots want to start Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer at tackle.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 08:18:00 AM

The Boston Herald reports LT Matt Light is considering retirement, and that the "expectation" is he won't be back with the Patriots in 2012.

Light hasn't commented on his future since the Patriots' Super Bowl loss, and as far as we know, he never publicly broached the idea of retirement during the 2011 season. Including the playoffs, he allowed just 2.5 sacks in 18 starts last season. Were Light to retire, Nate Solder would be his logical replacement on the blindside.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Patriots LT Matt Light allowed just 2.5 sacks in 18 starts last season, including the playoffs.

Rookie RT Nate Solder led the Pats with 6 1/2 sacks allowed, while Light was fourth on the team in the statistic. Pro Football Focus agreed that Light played well as both a run and pass blocker, though he wasn't dominant in either area. PFF had Light as a top-16 overall tackle and in the top-eight among LTs. Going on age 34, it's pretty clear Light can still protect the passer.
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 09:22:00 AM

Patriots LT Matt Light has been sidelined by a stomach bug early this week.

The Pats may have to institute a quarantine, as other members of the organization have also fallen ill. So far, Light is the only player to catch the bug. He should be fine by the weekend.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 02:21:00 PM

Patriots LT Matt Light (ankle) is hoping to play against the Bills in Week 17.

Light was a late scratch in Week 16 after injuring his ankle in warmups. It's not a serious injury. Even if Light sits on Sunday, he'll be fine to protect Tom Brady's blind side in the playoffs.
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 09:10:00 AM

Patriots LT Matt Light (ankle) is inactive for Saturday's Week 16 game against the Dolphins.

Light may have aggravated his ankle issue in warmups. He originally suffered the injury five weeks ago against the Chiefs. Rookie Nate Solder will start on Tom Brady's blind side, with fellow rookie Marcus Cannon moving to right tackle.
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 12:14:00 PM

Patriots LT Matt Light is considered a game-time decision after suffering an apparent leg injury in pre-game warmups.

Light was not listed on the Week 16 injury report but reportedly looked tentative in pre-game drills and received medical attention by the Patriots' training staff. Nate Solder replaces him on Tom Brady's blind side if ruled inactive, with Marcus Cannon moving from guard to right tackle.
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 11:17:00 AM

Patriots LT Matt Light left Monday's game during the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury and did not return.

Light was not taken in for X-rays immediately after the injury, suggesting it is not serious, but he did leave with his foot in a boot. First round pick T Nate Solder finished the game at LT, and has proven to be an able fill-in so far this season. The larger concern is on the right side where RT Sebastian Vollmer was manhandled by Pro Bowler Tamba Hali.
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 03:09:00 AM

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