OT Light easing way back into action

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Now that he is off the physically unable to perform list, Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light is easing his way back into practice.

"I’m just trying to make sure I can go out there and get as much done without actually going through a lot of the physical end of this," Light said Saturday. "Unfortunately, I can’t just jump back into it given what surgery I had in the offseason [shoulder], so right now a lot of it’s mental. [I’m] trying to keep the physical side of it going to what extent I can and hopefully be out there full tilt sooner than later."

Light participated in individual and positional drills, but did not take part in 11-on-11 work.

"This process was the right way to do it. I’ve had shoulder [injuries] in the past and the protocol is the same every time," he said. "You want to feel how it goes. You want to do some drills without the ... when you’re hitting a live body, it’s a whole lot different than hitting a bag, so it’s better to break in easy than blow something up on Day 1. We’ve got a little bit of time here and like I said, hopefully sooner than later I can get out there and do the full deal."

Rookie Nate Solder has been working at left tackle in Light's absence, and Light was asked what he thought of his performance Thursday night.

"Nate’s a big guy, physically gifted, and hard to get around just due to his size," he said. "I think he has shown really good footwork. He came in and he knew the system, he knew the offense, he’s a smart guy, so I think he played pretty well. Again, it’s not my job to rate him, but at the end of the day he’s hanging pretty well with that first group."