Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eagles' Patterson returns to practice

Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to the team Saturday just 10 days after suffering a seizure and collapsing at Lehigh.

Patterson did not practice, but was in uniform doing strength and conditioning drills with trainer Rick Burkholder.

The 300-pound, run-stuffing defensive tackle, was diagnosed with a brain AVM or arteriovenous malformation, is a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins.

"We’ve gone through the process of evaluation and he returned to practice today," Burkholder said. "Before he returned to practice today, over the last eight to ten days, he has physically seen three AVM specialists, and had his studies sent to another one.  Right now he was cleared to return to practice. He’s got a couple of options to correct the AVM, which he’s been told by all physicians that it’s okay to wait until the end of the season.

"He’s on medication to control the seizures. We’re comfortable, he’s comfortable."

Coach Andy Reid said Patterson needs about a week of conditioning work to get back into shape.

"(This week) gives the doctors a chance to continue to evaluate him and for him to get back to where he feels he can get back out there and play," Reid said.

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