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Eagles shut down Mike Patterson

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Eagles doctors discovered an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in defensive tackle Mike Patterson’s skull following last year’s lockout. A brain AVM is a tangle of blood vessels in the head. Doctors ultimately cleared Patterson to play football in 2011, putting off treatment until after the season.

Patterson underwent surgery in January, and the Eagles were convinced he’d be healed by training camp, after six months of rehab. Head trainer Rick Burkholder revealed to reporters Sunday evening, however, that Patterson is not recovered and will not participate in training camp.

As relayed by Jeff McLane of theĀ Philadelphia Inquirer, Patterson has been placed on the non-football injury list with “no timetable for return.” Burkholder stated Sunday that the organization believed Patterson would be healed by now, “but he’s not,” and “it could be a couple months” before he’s ready to play football.

If Patterson fails to receive medical clearance before Week One, the Eagles could place him on reserve/NFI, costing Patterson the first six regular season games. They could reevaluate his recovery after that point. For now, it looks like Patterson won’t be ready for the start of the season.

Patterson has been a starter for the Eagles since his rookie season in 2005. In 15 games last year, he collected 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Philadelphia will likely ask more of first-round pick Fletcher Cox during Patterson’s absence.

Either way, for a team we like to bounce back in 2012, this was not an ideal start to camp.

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34 Responses to “Eagles shut down Mike Patterson”
  1. curtainclosed says: Jul 22, 2012 5:56 PM

    bummer. get well soon.

  2. Eberwizzle says: Jul 22, 2012 6:06 PM

    As long as they found it before any damage was done. Get well soon Mike.

  3. eaglessuperfan says: Jul 22, 2012 6:08 PM

    I do wonder if he will play at all. This from what I remember is the first time an athlete has tried to play after this condition was discovered.

    On the other hand Fletcher Cox is more the type of DT they want for this system (Smaller, Quicker, Pass rushing) and I wonder how much he would have been involved.

  4. 49erstim says: Jul 22, 2012 6:15 PM

    Wow. Get well soon Mr Patterson. Hopefully there is a FULL recovery!

  5. deathtoromo says: Jul 22, 2012 6:23 PM

    Funny how all the “experts” forget to mention that they lost their starting left tackle. Vick can’t stay healthy as it is. Same lovefest every year and still no Super Bowl.

  6. 44kyle says: Jul 22, 2012 6:24 PM

    I’m an MD and about the only times I’ve seen an AV fistula diagnosed is AFTER a devastating STROKE! Paralysis, drooling, serious speech problems.
    GOD BLESS YOU Mike Patterson!!!! I am so happy that you avoided this. Whether you ever play again or not is such a trivial thing.

  7. phillyphan83 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:25 PM

    Completely expected. Nobody with any bit of common sense expected him to participate in camp. He’s going to be fine, he’s going to play. Superfan…what on Earth makes you think he wont play again? He played all season last year WITH the AVM, and played well! He’s not playing with the “condition”, he’s recovering from surgery. The AVM was removed and has no effect on him anymore, its all surgery recovery. Your comment is a year late.

  8. screamingsheep69 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:28 PM

    Explains the Ollie Ogbu trade. They need bodys for reps.

  9. birdbrainsnj says: Jul 22, 2012 6:28 PM

    He’s actually bigger, quicker, faster.

  10. o0omorriso0o says: Jul 22, 2012 6:32 PM

    Seriously? Mike Patterson missing even the complete season affects the Eagles very little. They are loaded on the DL and in all honesty I think Cox would of beat him out at some point anyways. Of all the starters on the Eagles offense or defense Patterson is the player that would least affect the Eagles. I do wish him the best though…

  11. daudi88 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:47 PM

    Give Fat Albert a call and offer minimum salary to come back and play for his old DL coach.

  12. chazzmon says: Jul 22, 2012 6:49 PM

    Wow that’s a shame, the Iggles could really use him. Not nearly as important as his life.

  13. brownsfn says: Jul 22, 2012 6:50 PM

    Dynasty!!!!

  14. skoobyfl says: Jul 22, 2012 6:53 PM

    Get well Mike, you’re a man amongst boys!!

  15. runtheball says: Jul 22, 2012 6:54 PM

    They should put him on IR pay him for the year and convince him to retire. His life is more important.

  16. myvickinabox14 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:57 PM

    Health is far more important than football at this point. Get well soon.

  17. patriots123456 says: Jul 22, 2012 7:04 PM

    Wow, you certainly have to wish him a full and complete recovery. I hope he is healthy enough to continue his career.

    I hope the Eagles continue to keep him at full pay.

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 22, 2012 7:13 PM

    Wait what. Why all the doom and gloom. He came back and played last year BEFORE he got it fixed. I’m assuming it was a successful surgery otherwise I can see how this could be career threatening

  19. worldchampsbaby says: Jul 22, 2012 7:14 PM

    Get well Mike!! Die Eagle scum

  20. damon089 says: Jul 22, 2012 7:16 PM

    We’ll miss him but his health is more important. Get well Mike.

  21. jg725 says: Jul 22, 2012 7:24 PM

    Am I the only one who is wondering why he played with this condition last season?

  22. maximusprime107 says: Jul 22, 2012 7:27 PM

    So they cleared him to play last year after finding that? What a joke. And we wonder why there’s so many players suing the nfl

  23. nygf says: Jul 22, 2012 7:29 PM

    This Giants fan hopes Mr. Patterson makes a speedy and full recovery. Hope you’re on the field for that Week 17 matchup sir.

  24. raoool says: Jul 22, 2012 7:36 PM

    d*m# giants fans. don’t go getting civil on us now.

    get back soon Patterson

  25. istateyourname says: Jul 22, 2012 7:49 PM

    I sure as heck wouldn’t want to bang my head around in a football game after something like that. I don’t know why these guys don’t instantly retire with these kind of things.

  26. phillyboy20 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:27 PM

    they don’t retire because it isn’t career or life threatening. I was at a conference where they present his case study, he was looked at by 4 separate doctors and all cleared him.

  27. jayaredee says: Jul 22, 2012 8:27 PM

    As a fan of the GIANTS, you never want to see anybody get hurt from any team remember it’s only a game. Just glad to hear that it was caught in time.

  28. whackyplague says: Jul 22, 2012 8:51 PM

    For all those saying that this doesn’t matter because Fletcher Cox have just taken his place – not quite. Patterson plays the NT position in the Eagles defense, Cox will play at UT. Cox was never competing directly with Patterson. Derek Landri or Antonio Dixon will likely start in Patterson’s place.

  29. mancave001 says: Jul 22, 2012 8:52 PM

    “Either way, for a team we like to bounce back in 2012, this was not an ideal start to camp.”

    —Best wishes to him, but I don’t think it’s a huge loss given our depth.

  30. mojosmagic says: Jul 22, 2012 8:59 PM

    A top organization like Giants fan Jay showed class.

  31. hound32 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    there are far more important things than football .like the rest of your life . get well soon .then walk away from the game no matter how hard it may be . i dont want to see you on the field opening day in Cleveland .

    Goooo Browns

    Get well Mike

  32. t16rich says: Jul 22, 2012 11:39 PM

    Get well Mike. You are the man.

  33. jolink653 says: Jul 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    Good luck to him hope he’s able to get well and come back to play soon

  34. dodgeman69 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:00 PM

    I had an AVM removed and 6 months recovery time was fine. The only problem that he might have now is possibility of siezures or like my case loss is perifreal vision loss on my right side. I feel fine but i deffintly couldn,t see a tackle coming from the right. The vision loss or siezure never get better, it’s just something you gave to live with and just be lucky to be alive still.

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