Saturday, August 20, 2011

Patterson practices Saturday; targets opener; Maclin works out

Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to practice 17 days after suffering a seizure during training camp at Lehigh University.

Patterson is taking anti-seizure medication for what the Eagles are certain is arteriovenous malformation (AVM). He hopes to play in Thursday’s preseason game and anticipates being read to start the regular season providing there are no setbacks.

Also returning to the NovaCare Complex Saturday to participate in conditioning work was wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin feels he should be ready for the regular season opener, which is the timetable head coach Andy Reid submitted last week.

Wide receiver Jason Avant (sore knee) was held out of practice.

Rookie Casey Matthews took the first-team snaps at middle linebacker in the closed practice.
Quarterback Michael Vick said he broke up laughing Friday when the Eagles gave him the Associated Press comeback player of the year trophy mailed to One NovaCare Way.

“When I walked into the locker room one of the equipment guys told me it was the three-interception trophy,” Vick said. “I got a kick out of that.”
Vick threw three picks in the first half of the loss to the Steelers.


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