The Philadelphia Eagles will hold out defensive tackle Mike Patterson from training camp and possibly longer as a precaution following brain surgery in January.
Patterson suffered a seizure in training camp last summer at Lehigh University and was later told he had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) on his brain, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Doctors treated his condition with medication and he played in 15 games before surgery following the season. Patterson had hoped to be cleared for a return before training camp but now the wait will continue.
“We're talking about this preseason as a month, then we'll probably reevaluate there,” Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said. “But it could be a couple months or more. We don't know.”
The Eagles have added depth at the position since the end of the season. They used their first-round draft pick on Fletcher Cox, signed Derek Landri in free agency and kept Antonio Dixon, a restricted free agent, around.
“Physically, I feel fine,” Patterson said, per the report. “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.”
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