FOXBOROUGH -- The NFL has confirmed, through Patriots spokesman Stacey James, that LT Matt Light has not been suspended for his role in an on-field fight with Dolphins LB Channing Crowder on Sunday.
Light and Crowder were fined $15,000 apiece by the NFL on Wednesday for what the league called "a verbal and physical altercation" last Sunday.
Gene Washington, the NFL's director of football operations, assessed the fines after reviewing the tussle between the players.
Light answered questions from media members this morning, as it was the first time he spoke with reporters since his on-field fight on Sunday.
The highlight came when he was asked if he was worried about other opponents trying to get under his skin.
"I've been here eight years boss, and this isn't my first rodeo," he said. "I think we're all good."
Light ended his interview on that note, telling the assembled reporters that it was a "good talk" and that "you guys rock."
The rest of the Q&A:
You must feel the weight of the world is off your shoulders a bit...
"Just really, right now, it's a matter of getting ready for these guys [the Steelers]. This is about as big a game as you can get, although we've been saying that for the last two or three weeks."
Were you worried at all, after Sunday, that you might get suspended?
"You know what, honestly, I think that matter is kind of a closed deal now. It was what it was. Obviously, I'm not happy with what my actions were and I don't think that was the way to go. In my mind, it's a closed deal now. They've made a decision on it and we're going to move forward and get ready to play a good Steelers team. I think that's where everybody's concentration should be right now, and that's definitely where mine is at this point."
In that regard, how do you prepare for a team that you know is going to bring pressure every which way?
"Yeah, they're about as good as doing it as anybody. Over the years, it's always been a certain style down in Pittsburgh. They've always been a very physical team. I think back to my rookie year [in 2001], going back and playing those guys, it was always about playing a physical team that can move around a lot and they'd hit you at every angle. I think for us up front, it's just a matter of recognizing what they do, trying to get a hat on a hat, and it really comes down to the physical side of it -- who can outlast the other guy. I think this is going to be a really big challenge for us offensively."
Bill said he keeps notes, and he went all the way back to his days in Cleveland to read some on Pittsburgh. Do you, as an offensive lineman, keep mental notes on how best to prepare for them?
"I think you have to look at the way in which they play. Their style, their 3-4, is a little different than other people's 3-4. Not that any two teams are alike, but they're very unique in how they play defenses. I think with the personnel they have -- with the guys they have coming in and out of there -- those guys provide a lot for them and create a lot of issues for us. Like I said, it's recognize what they do to you up front and how they do it, the style in which they play, and really it's a one-on-one battle with each one of those guys. They're all pretty good at what they do."
Said Patriots QB Matt Cassel this morning: "It will be great to have Light out there, and I'm happy they came up with that ruling. As a quarterback, you love your left tackle, especially Matt Light. He's such a great player."