Will Light pay heavy price for comments?


Will Light pay heavy price for comments?

By Tom E. Curran

NEW ORLEANS - Good for Matt Light, speaking his mind last weekand expressingdisappointment that Patriots owner Robert Kraft wasn't at the table for the final round of negotiations before the lockout. Now, whether Light's candor is good for his future employment in New England is another story altogether. A free exchange of thought and opinion is not always welcomed in Foxboro, especially when it doesn't mesh with what ownership says, does or believes. Light, a free agent coming off shoulder surgery, wants to return to the Patriots. Can and will his words be used against him when it comes time to decide whetherhe stays? It's not beyond the pale. Light made some pointed comments talking to media at Marco Island, Floridawhere the players association was meeting. No doubt, 100 percent. Im not going to lie to you, Light said when asked if he was disappointed Kraft went to Israel on a trade mission with Governor Deval Patrick.Light lamented that the people who'd ultimately be giving the thumbs-up of thumbs-down on the deal were not in the room. "We had people in that room that could get a deal done at any point," said Light. "They the league negotiators didnt seem to have the ability to do any of that when they had to the leave the room, make a phone call (to debrief owners who weren't in attendance). If it was me, I was in that model, I would have every one of my guys in those seats making sure that we had one voice and we could get a deal done."Ownershiptries to paint the players as the ones who wanted to decertify all along. Weak attendance by owners argues against that. So too does the fact that - on the last day before the lockout - commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly was given more latitude to make a deal. That tidbit made eyebrows rise among the players because, well, didn't he have that latitude before? It felt to the players like a bag job. One other sidelight: owners allege the fact that players decertified at 4 p.m. the day the CBA was expiring was proof they never wanted to do a deal. But had they not decertified and no extension to negotiations was granted, the owners would have locked them out at midnight. And the players would have forfeited their right to decertify for six months. We'll try to get Jonathan Kraft's thoughts on Light's comments down here in New Orleans.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona. 



No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

FOXBORO - There were no tells about the Patriots quarterback situation for Sunday during the portion of Friday practice the media was allowed to watch. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, who on Wednesday was seen throwing short and medium-range passes without a lot of zip, hasn't thrown a ball with media in attendance since. Friday morning, after stretching and jogging, Garoppolo began a session feigning taking a snap from a center and going into a drop. But he did so without a football in his hands. 

Rookie Jacoby Brissett did flip a few passes during the jogging and stretching portion and, while he was wearing gloves, he is showing no signs of favoring his right thumb. 

So the question isn't whether the Patriots have any quarterbacks for Sunday against the Bills, it's whether or not they'll have Garoppolo. Certainly, it's a question that's been on the mind of Bills head coach Rex Ryan who keeps speaking the truth in jest by referencing the uncertainty around the Patriots situation. 

After being on the field in limited capacity all week, it's a certainty that Garoppolo dresses for the Bills game. Whether he plays and how effective he might be remains anything but certain.