Eagles' Mike Patterson out indefinitely, team believes condition not career-threatening

Monday July 23rd, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson could miss part of next season as he continues to recover from head surgery in January. (Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles will shut down defensive tackle Mike Patterson with team trainers remaining mum on a timetable for his return, according to a report Sunday evening from Jeff McLane, Eagles beat reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer:

"Physically, I feel fine," he said. "I feel like I can go out there and put the pads on and hit somebody. But doctor’s orders, so that’s what I’m going with, and hopefully everything works out.”

Patterson, who had a seizure in August 2011, had surgery in January to correct tangled blood vessels in his head. He went through rehab with the expectation that he'd be ready for training camp but he has not fully recovered.

According to McLane, head trainer Rick Burkholder confirmed that while Patterson's condition isn't career-threatening, it could be "a couple of months" before he returns to the team.

Patterson, who has been a starter for the Eagles since being drafted in 2005, recorded 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.



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