Reports that the Eagles had to wait 15 minutes (one account pegged it at 20) for the ambulance that took defensive tackle Mike Patterson raised concerns for some with knowledge of the league’s procedures, since ambulances routinely are present at the practices of multiple NFL teams.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that ambulances are required to be present for games, but not for practices.
That said, an Eagles spokesman tells PFT that an ambulance was already on site at practice, and that the paramedics assisted team doctors and trainers (along with rookie guard Danny Watkins, a former firefighter) in tending to Patterson. The spokesman explained that a different ambulance was called because the crew on the scene doesn’t service the hospital to which the doctors believed Patterson should go. The spokesman emphasized that Patterson received excellent care from the team of professionals who quickly stabilized Patterson.
Either way, no team is required to have an ambulance at practice.
And that’s something that needs to change.
Maybe it will in 10 years. . . .