INDIANAPOLIS -- An apparent stomach bug has affected the New England Patriots this week, as starting left tackle Matt Light missed practice Monday and was kept out of Media Day on Tuesday because he is ill, according to a team official.
Other team personnel have also fallen sick, according to the team official.
Light is one of seven Patriots who played against the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, and isn't a favorite of at least one of the New York defenders. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora said last Friday that Light's style of play "really gets under my skin." His comments prompted All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins to brush off allegations that the offensive line bends the rules.
Umenyiora was asked by NFL Network during Media Day if he had any well wishes for Light.
"Matt Light, please get well soon," Umenyiora said, smiling. "I hope to see you on Sunday. You are one of my greatest friends."
The Associated Press contributed to this report