Bethlehem, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike
Patterson will not participate in the team's training camp as he recovers from
offseason brain surgery.
Patterson underwent a procedure in January to repair an arteriovenous
malformation in his brain that caused him to suffer a seizure in training camp
prior to last season.
The 28-year-old was expected to be healed in time for the start of camp, but a
recent X-ray and CT scan was reviewed by Dr. Robert Spetzler, who performed
the surgery, and he decided Patterson would need some more time to fully heal.
"I think what the physician wanted to see was how the healing was with the
cranium where they took the piece of the skull away to do the procedure," said
Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. "He wasn't totally happy with
Patterson will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list and will
remain at training camp.
The Eagles selected Patterson with the 31st overall selection in the 2005
draft and he has appeared in 110 games for the team, collecting 332 tackles,
15 1/2 sacks and an interception.
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