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Mike Patterson has brain condition that caused seizure

August 4, 2011 | 11:39 am

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a brain condition that caused his seizure during Wednesday's training camp practice, trainer Rick Burkholder said Thursday morning.

Burkholder said the former USC player is on medication to prevent further seizures and could be released from the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania on Thursday after more tests.

As for long-term treatment of the condition -- arteriovenous malformation, the tangling of blood vessels near the skull -- Burkholder said surgery is one of many options.

“In medicine today, there's tons of options,” Burkholder said. “Everybody wants to jump right into surgery and I'm not saying for this particular case, I'm saying with everything, but there's so many other avenues out there. It would be foolish to speculate what's going to happen to Mike.”

Patterson, 28, collapsed to the ground and began shaking violently between plays during Wednesday's practice at Lehigh University. But Burkholder said he was "pretty sure" the seizure had nothing to do with football.

“It just so happened at football practice," Burkholder said. "It could've happened anywhere.”

It's unknown when -- or if -- Patterson will return to the field.

“He's antsy to get out of the hospital and get to the next step,” Burkholder said. “He's always upbeat and that's the way he is now.”


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson enters the field at the start of practice Wednesday during training camp at Lehigh University. Credit: Howard Smith / US Presswire