Mike Patterson, One of Longest-Tenured Eagles, Also Released

Mike Patterson, One of Longest-Tenured Eagles, Also Released





Busy day for the Eagles. Hours after announcing the release
of Cullen Jenkins, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter revealed fellow veteran defensive
tackle Mike Patterson had joined his ex-teammate on the chopping block.

No player had been with the organization longer than Patt,
who was the 31st-overall selection in the 2005 draft by Philadelphia following
their Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. Todd Herremans and Trent
Cole were also members of that class.

Patterson’s contract was scheduled to run through 2016, but
the remaining years were all base salary, so the Eagles assume no dead money
against the cap. The team saves $3 million in ’13, and much more in later
years, including some figures this particular player never would have seen.

At one time, Patt along with ’06 first rounder Brodrick
Bunkley formed a stout tandem along the interior of Eagles’ defensive line.
Neither was especially disruptive though. Patterson logged two 16.5 sacks in
eight seasons, so about two per year, and never finished with more than four.

After appearing in at least 15 games for seven years, and
starting at least 14 every season since he was a rookie, Patterson only made it
for five games in ’12. He had offseason brain surgery, then was moved to the
non-football illness list late in the season with pneumonia.

When we mentioned Jenkins’ release earlier, we mentioned
Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, and Antonio Dixon appeared to have potential
roles in a 3-4 alignment, which the Eagles are expected to gravitate towards.
Patt is not an obvious fit at either end or nose tackle, so his departure makes

Mike P. wasn’t a great player, and rarely stood out in any
particular way, but he was solid and did his job. Shame to see him go, but he’ll
turn 30 in September, and the Eagles are in the process of undergoing some
radical changes.

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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds