Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Patterson Will Undergo Brain Surgery in January

Patterson hopes to return soon after surgery.
Patterson hopes to return soon after surgery.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Giorgos KassakosAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2012

Mike Patterson has brain surgery scheduled in the coming weeks. The Eagles’ defensive tackle suffers from a cerebral arteriovenous malformation, a disorder also known as AVM, which most of the time is congenital.

AVM is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins in the brain, although it may appear in other parts of the human body.

Patterson collapsed during the Eagles’ training camp in August, and an epileptic seizure followed. He received a thorough examination in the following days and was cleared to play. He participated in 15 games, losing only the season finale.

Patterson said, “I still have one more doctor to check out, but I’m going to get something done. We’ll see. I’m not nervous at all about it. I felt like, for me personally, it’s not as big a deal as it seems to be to other people. It’s a quick procedure and I’ll be back.”

The rehabilitation for that kind of an operation can be up to six months.

Finally Patterson added that he is not really worried about the surgery and that he loves playing football, because it’s fun for him and he feels peaceful when on the field.

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