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Report: Eagles' Patterson has brain AVM

Veteran defensive tackle collapsed at practice on Wednesday. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This August 04, 2011, 09:09 AM EST

After collapsing on the practice field Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM) according to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.

Mike PattersonPatterson was rushed to the hospital Wednesday.

AVM is a condition where blood vessels get tangled in the skull. It can be treated via surgery or radiation.

In a scary moment that wound up making headlines around the country, the 27-year-old Patterson was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance Wednesday morning after collapsing on the field during Philadelphia’s morning session.

A few hours later, reports surfaced that Patterson was awake, in stable condition and joking with the hospital’s staff.

No timetable has been set for his return to the football field.

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