Defensive tackle Mike Patterson was released from Lehigh Valley Hospital and
could be cleared to resume “normal team activities … within a few days”
according to a statement released Friday by his agent.
The news is
nothing short of shocking as Patterson is taking anti-seizure medicine after
going into convulsions during Eagles practice Wednesday.
But JR Rickert,
the agent for Patterson, cautioned Thursday against believing media reports
that his client needed surgery to remedy AVM, a neurological disorder involving
blood vessels and the brain.
The statement he
released came moments after Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Patterson was
has been released from the hospital and will join his teammates at training
camp,” Rickert’s statement read. “He is scheduled to see a neurologist in
Philadelphia in the next day or so. We anticipate that he will be cleared to
resume normal team activities within a few days.”
Rickert was not
immediately available for comment.
There was no
immediate response from the Eagles.
Eagles trainer Rick
Burkholder on Thursday said the early tests suggested Patterson’s convulsions
resulted from AVM. Burkholder wouldn’t give a timetable for Patterson’s return
or discuss what the treatment would be.