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Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Tackle Mike Patterson Hospitalized

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Mike Patterson #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after sacking  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIDecember 7, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been hospitalized with viral pneumonia and will not play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to Geoff Mosher of

Patterson's pneumonia has nothing to do with his offseason brain surgery, which was the result of complications from a seizure he suffered during training camp in 2011. Patterson will undergo more tests, said Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder.

Patterson, 29, missed the first seven games of this season following his brain surgery and has played in the previous five games, all Eagles losses. He has registered a sack and five quarterback hurries, but just six total tackles in those five games. 

Patterson's absence will be another challenge for the Eagles' defensive line in Week 14, as the team is adjusting to life without the "wide nine." This is because defensive line coach Jim Washburn was fired on Monday morning following the Eagles' eighth straight loss. Veteran coach Tommy Brasher was brought back for the final four games of the season.

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