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OT Light set for return to practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Left tackle Matt Light, who opened training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, is set to return to practice today.

Light's return to the team in 2011 was discussed in Bill Belichick's news conference Saturday, with Belichick asked about the importance of having Light even after the club drafted left tackle Nate Solder in the first round.

"Matt's been a good player for us. 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," Belichick said.

"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."

The Patriots look deep at offensive tackle, with Light (2 years, $12 million) and Sebastian Vollmer on the first unit, and then top backups Solder and Steve Maneri. Veteran Mark LeVoir, who has appeared in 32 games (2 starts) with the team since 2008 -- mostly on the field-goal protection unit -- is also in the mix.