Mike Patterson Out Indefinitely As He Recovers From Brain SurgeryBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
Back in January, Eagles’ defensive tackle Mike Patterson underwent surgery on his brain to treat an AVM formation (or a tangle of blood vessels in his brain. The former first-round pick has spent the last six months rehabbing from the surgery, but the recovery has not gone as well as the Eagles would have hoped, and the veteran will be out of action for at least the entire preseason, and possibly the start of the regular season.
Eagles’ trainer Rick Burkholder believed that Patterson would be ready to go in time for training camp, but the defensive tackle hasn’t been healing as fast as the team thought he would, and it’s possible that he could be a couple of months away from being cleared for football activity. Patterson’s condition is a very serious matter, and the Eagles will not rush the former USC standout back to action until he’s completely healed.
Fortunately for the Eagles they have a great amount of depth at defensive tackle, and Patterson’s absence will mean more reps for top draft pick Fletcher Cox. He’ll likely get the majority of the first team reps alongside Cullen Jenkins, with veterans Antonio Dixon and Derek Landri also in the mix.
The Eagles also made a minor trade with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, swapping a pair of players that are longshots to make an NFL roster. Philadelphia sent cornerback D.J. Johnson (who has been with four teams since going undrafted in 2009) to the Colts in exchange for former Penn State defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu (who was undrafted a year ago, and signed during the season by Indianapolis).
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