Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been ruled out of training camp this summer and possibly longer because the incision where he had brain surgery in January hasn’t fully healed.
Patterson was diagnosed with a brain malformation last August after he suffered a seizure during a training camp practice. The 28-year-old defensive tackle underwent surgery in January in which an incision was made and a piece of his cranium was taken off in order to remove an arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
An AVM is a tangle of veins and arteries, and doctors determined that was the cause of the seizure.
Dr. Robert Spetzler performed that operation and after viewing an X-ray and CT scan of the area he determined Patterson hadn’t healed sufficiently to return to football.
The Eagles start camp on Monday at Lehigh University and will wrap it up on August 14. Patterson will be re-evaluated in a month, but this setback is definitely a disappointment. It has been six months since his surgery and Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder believed the USC product would be ready to return.
Patterson will be in his eighth year with the Eagles and he started 15 games last season after doctors determined he wouldn’t be at risk if he put surgery off until January. Luckily for Patterson and the Eagles, the injury is not considered career or life-threatening.