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Sorting out the offensive tackle logjam

FOXBOROUGH -- With Matt Light close to returning to action -- he's been out since injuring his right knee Oct. 11 against the Broncos -- the question is how that would potentially shake up the lineup.

In "Bruschi's Breakdown", former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi made the point that a rotation is likely in the short term.

"In the past, when a player has had a long layoff, they are worked back into the rotation. Sebastian Vollmer has been playing so well lately, there isn't really a reason to immediately take him out of the starting lineup. If Vollmer wasn't playing as well, I'd say put Light in there now, but with Light coming back from a serious knee injury, to work him back gradually would be the right thing to do. When Light gets those game reps under his belt again, and starts to feel 100 percent, that's when the Patriots' coaches will have a tough decision to make. As of now, my sense is that Light will work back into the lineup in a situational role."

Friday at Gillette Stadium, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked if Light might be a fit at right tackle. The thinking might have been that with Vollmer playing well, perhaps Light could be inserted into the mix on the right side.

Belichick's answer made me think it wasn't a likely option.

"I'm not saying he can't do it, but I think he's better on the left side," he said.

So in the end, the feeling here is that Light will rotate in at left tackle when he returns to action -- probably Sunday -- and then a more definitive decision at the position will come either against the Saints or Dolphins.