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Light is expected to retire

Matt Light

New England Patriots tackle Matt Light listens to a question during a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Indianapolis. The Patriots are scheduled to face the New York Giants in NFL football Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Retirement has been mentioned as a possibility for Patriots longtime left tackle Matt Light since New England’s Super Bowl XLVI loss to the Giants. The Pats have seemingly conducted business this offseason as if Light won’t be back.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston confirmed in a Sunday morning quick-hit column that Light is “expected” to retire. Per Reiss, Light “appreciates the run he’s had” and likes the idea of “walking away when he still can.”

Light has been the Patriots’ starting left tackle for the past 11 seasons. He’s earned three Pro Bowl trips and one first-team All-Pro Berth.

His replacement on Tom Brady’s blind side is expected to be 2011 first-round pick Nate Solder.