Light spotted on crutches

Updated: October 12, 2009, 5:27 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH -- New England Patriots left tackle Matt Light, who injured his right knee Sunday, walked through the locker room area on crutches Monday afternoon during media availability at Gillette Stadium.

As players exited the team's adjourning meeting room after watching film of Sunday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Broncos, Light crossed through.

Light was injured in pass protection on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday, an 11-yard completion from Tom Brady to Wes Welker. He was attended to by trainers on the field, before being helped off. After being examined on the sideline, he departed for the locker room and did not return.

Light moved gingerly on the crutches Monday, not putting weight on the injured knee.

"I've been with Matt for nine years," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told Boston radio station WEEI during a weekly call-in Monday morning. "He's a great player and I don't really know the prognosis, but I'm hoping for the best. But, you're right, the left tackle is hugely important. This week it's Kyle Vanden Bosch, then it's Dwight Freeney, and then Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. So, that's an important position on our offense. If Matt's unable to go, other guys have to fill in. Matt's a great player, he's been to Pro Bowls and he's done a great job for us. I'm hoping for the best."

Light has started 59 consecutive games since the 2005 season, when injuries limited him to only three appearances. During a nine-year career, Light has played in 118 games (starting all but two).

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not offer an injury update during his meeting with reporters this morning.

"I don't have any updates on anything from the game," said Belichick.

Light had been spotted following Sunday's game talking with former teammates Lonie Paxton and Daniel Graham while wearing a brace over his right knee.

Chris Forsberg is a reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter here.

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