Friday, August 5, 2011

Agent says Mike Patterson could return "in a few days"

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 “making progress.”

“Mike Patterson 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.


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