Matt Light: ‘Guys are wondering if they need to get on a plane today’
|04.26.11 at 9:54 am ET|
Matt Light spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, where he hosted a charity breakfast to support his Light Foundation.
As a player representative — well, to be accurate it appears that all player reps are now referred to as advocates — Light was asked for this thoughts on Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling on Monday to grant the NFLPA’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt the lockout
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised,” said Light. “But I would say that it was a great thing for the players, hopefully this will get back to the table and start tackling these issues, and force the issue a little bit more. I think it is a good thing.”
It seems we have entered the Great Unknown Phase of this process. Lots of questions — and not a lot of definitive answers — being kicked around in the wake of the Nelson ruling. An example: Does the ruling mean that players can show up to work out at Foxboro?
“I’ve had a lot of questions from our guys about that,” said Light. “The communication has been really good, making sure guys know what to expect. But this is pretty early in the process, when it comes to lifting the lockout and what guys are going to do. So for the time being, what I’ve been telling my guys is to give it a little time and let us have what will hopefully be a really good conference call this evening, get the word from D [DeMaurice Smith] how to proceed from here, and hopefully we can give them a little more of an insight and what to expect. Quite frankly guys are wondering if they need to get on a plane today, what’s going to happen just as far as reporting to the individual team. And I can’t give them answers on all those things but hopefully later on tonight I’ll have some for them.”
As a free agent, does the injunction change Light’s short-term outlook regarding his NFL future, whether it be in Foxboro or somewhere else?
“Can I get a job? Can I go back to work?,” Light asked, laughing. “No, it’s been very interesting for all the free agents. For guys like myself, there isn’t going to be a lot of certainty until we get a deal in place. That’s unfortunate for a lot of guys in my position but the only thing we can do is work out and stay ready.”