Eagles’ trainer Rick Burkholder told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Mike Patterson will not participate in Training Camp. He will be placed on the non-football injury list, with “no timetable for return.” Patterson passed out from heat exhaustion in Training Camp last offseason and began seizing. During a brain scan, it was discovered that he had an AVM in his brain and, while that was not the cause of his collapse, he would need surgery on it.
Patterson still played last season and was a starter for the Eagles, playing well, and had surgery this offseason in January. While it was originally believed that he would be ready to go for Training Camp after 6 months of rehab, that does not appear to be the case and it could be a “couple more months.” While the Eagles are saying this injury is not career threatening, this is obviously not a good sign. Patterson turns 29 on September 1st and will hopefully be able to play football again.
In the mean time, the Eagles have plenty of defensive tackle depth to replace him, after using the 12th overall pick on Fletcher Cox. Cox will likely start next to Cullen Jenkins in Patterson’s absence, while Derek Landri, an undiscovered gem, will continue to provide excellent depth behind the starters. The Eagles will continue to have one of the league’s most feared defensive lines.