When the Browns host the Eagles on Thursday night, defensive tackle Mike Patterson will make his preseason debut, more than three weeks after suffering a seizure during practice.
Doctors diagnosed Patterson as having a tangle of blood vessels in his brain. Initially, it was reported that he’d undergo surgery or radiation treatments.
Patterson has since returned to practice, and he’ll suit up and play in less than two days.
“I can’t tell you how much he’s going to play, but we’ll just see how things go,” coach Andy Reid said Tuesday, via comments distributed by the team. “He’s had a good week of practice and he’s ready to go.”
Reid said that Patterson’s total plays likely will be limited.
“He was out 18 days or so, and he’s been back for the four here,” Reid said. “He kept himself in good shape, but again we’ll treat him like it’s the first preseason game that he’s played. A little bit like I did with DeSean [Jackson] last week. Just limit his reps and see how he’s doing. Communicate with him during the game, see how he’s feeling.”
It’s great news for Patterson and for the Eagles as they prepare for a Week One trip to St. Louis.