-- It has been a rough road back to health for New England Patriots' offensive lineman Matt Light. A leg injury sustained late in the first month of last season sidelined the team's starting left tackle for the rest of the year.
''It's been a long time since I've been on the field, so that's motivation," he said. ''It was a rough injury." Seven-plus months after suffering the initial injury, having tossed his crutches aside, he believes he's turned an important corner reports the Boston Globe.
''I'm feeling as good as I possibly can at this point," said Light. ''Not to say everything is perfect, because if you've been playing football for more than a couple years, usually nothing is perfect. But it's coming along really well."
-- San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith predicted that wide receiver Caldwell, acquired by the Patriots this offseason, will have an impact in New England.
"That organization [Patriots] really knows how to get packages together for particular players and get the most out of people," Smith said. "I've seen it time and time again."
Caldwell had no real shortcomings in terms of going over the middle or working in a system that called on receivers to make post-snap reads of corners and safeties and run corresponding routes reports the Providence Journal.
"He's been hurt," Smith explained. "He's really had some tough gos physically. With a change of scenery, he really could prosper."
-- Doug Flutie, hometown favorite of the New England Patriots, will be making a special guest appearance at the 17th annual "You Gotta Have Heart" auction at the Best Western Royal Plaza hotel. According to the Metro West Daily News Flutie will be arriving at 8pm to speak before the auction attendees and offer framed, autographed photos for sale. The event will be hosted by the 'Why Me' organization, and proceeds will benefit Central New England families facing childhood cancer.
-- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith retired after 13 years in the NFL. A five time pro bowler, Smith showed some emotion as the announcement was made and then quickly gained his composure. Smith said it was time to "move on to the next phase of my life."
Smith ranks seventh in NFL history with 862 receptions and 11th with 12,287 yards receiving. He has more receptions than every receiver in the Hall of Fame, and only Marvin Harrison has more catches and yards receiving than Smith since 1996.
"I hate to see him leaving the game when he's still in his prime," teammate Keenan McCardell said. " but I respect his decision to walk away when he's on top."
-- Patrick Pass faces a tough situation with the Patriots two running back Draft picks Laurence Maroney and Garrett Mills. New England, which only carried three backs on the roster last season, now has six; assuming Mills is moved from tight end to fullback. Pass tries not to obsess over the new competition for a roster spot according to the Boston Herald.
"I don't really even think about it," Pass told the Herald after working out at Foxboro Stadium. "Every year there's going to be competition. Every year there's going to be someone new coming in. My job is to do the best I can."
The rest of today's newswire: Friday's Wire
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