Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Tackle Mike Patterson Will Miss Training Camp, Some of 2012 Season

By Bryn Swartz

It’s been almost a year since Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson collapsed and suffered a seizure on a hot morning in training camp.

Yet the team has announced that the longest tenured member of the Eagles will miss all of training camp in 2012, due to complications from brain surgery in January.

Specifically, Patterson’s surgery was to remove a portion of his skull but the area of his skull where the surgery took place has not healed sufficiently.

What’s worse is that although there is no timetable for his return, Patterson will have to miss a couple of months, according to trainer Rick Burkholder. That means he likely will not be ready for the start of the 2012 season. As a result, the Eagles placed him on the non-football injury reserve list.

Patterson will still report to training camp but will work with the Eagles’ coaches and trainers on his fitness. Obviously, his ultimate goal is to get his fitness level to a point where he can play football again.

“It kind of threw me off, because I thought I could be ready right now and be able to practice,” he said. “[Spetzler] just felt more comfortable if I just waited a little longer.

“Honestly, physically I feel fine. I feel like I can go out there and put some pads on and hit somebody [but] it’s doctor’s orders, and that’s what I’m going with. Hopefully, everything will work out, and I’ll be back by the end of the season.”

To replace Patterson, the Eagles made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, sending cornerback DJ Johnson for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu. Ogbu has virtually no chance to make the team though, as he’s stuck behind Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Fletcher Cox, Antonio Dixon, Derek Landri, and Cedric Thornton.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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