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Light came back after dislocating knee cap

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  January 26, 2010 11:52 AM

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Appearing on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" today, Matt Light revealed the injury that knocked him out in Week 5 and kept him sidelined for five games over six weeks. Light dislocated his left knee cap and also damaged his medial collateral ligament. 

“I dislocated my knee cap and got a little bit of the MCL," Light said on the show. "It does sound a little awful. But you take a little time after you fire everything back up. You have little wizards that work on you. You’re in the training room everyday. And you got back out there."

The nature his dislocation could have been more severe, Light said. “It actually went out and then went back, which is a good thing," he said. "You don’t want it to stay out, which is a little more painful. It was ugly.”

Mike Greenberg asked Light, half-jokingly, I think, if he thought retirement would be an option after the injury.

"I felt that -- this probably isn’t a good thing," Light said. "Just as long as you can get off the field and you don’t have to have the cart come out there and get you, that’s when you kind of get your hopes back up.”

Light also discussed what went wrong in the Patriots' 33-14 loss to the Ravens in the first round. He said the Patriots need to be a "more physical" and "mentally tougher" team.

“We always talk about going into the postseason, No. 1, you need o to be on a roll. You got to be playing some of your best football. And then you can’t make mistakes. … When a team is playing on the road and you give them momentum early, it’s going to carry. We just could never get on the same page. We couldn’t go out there and make the big plays. We couldn’t convert on third down.”

Light is going on a full ESPN tour today. He also appeared on First Take and he'll be chatting later at ESPN.com. You can listen to his full interview with Mike and Mike right here.

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