DT Mike Patterson’s collapse and seizures on the practice field last summer at Eagles training camp was a horrifying moment. After testing immediately following the incident, it was discovered that Patterson had a condition called AVM, an irregular formation of nerves wrapped around his brain.
Incredibly, Patterson played during the 2011 season. It was known all along, however, that a more long-term solution was needed to address Patterson’s condition. He had surgery this offseason that required a portion of his skull to be removed and replaced. He did not participate in OTAs or mini-camp, but Patterson and the team were hopeful that he would be ready for training camp.
We know now that this is not the case. Not only will Patterson not participate in camp with his teammates at Lehigh, but there is no timeframe for his return.
Patterson is in Bethlehem and will work with Eagles trainers and do strength and conditioning work. He can participate in team meetings. But he is being placed...