Mike Patterson Reportedly Has Brain Condition, Possibly AVM

Mike Patterson Reportedly Has Brain Condition, Possibly AVM

As you no doubt have heard, there was a scary moment at Eagles training camp in Lehigh yesterday, when defensive tackle Mike Patterson fell to the ground and began convulsing. The good news is Patterson, who had suffered a seizure, was okay a short time later. The bad news is the underlying symptom may not have been something as simple as dehydration, as was hoped after the incident.

Though Patterson is awaiting another medical opinion, various outlets are reporting the former first round pick has something called a brain AVM. I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog, so I'll let Roob's words take over: "An AVM is basically a tangle of arteries and veins inside the brain that causes blood to travel abnormally from the arteries to the veins without moving through the capillaries."

The first thing to note right now is it's too early to say with any certainty what this means for Patt. An AVM is treatable, sometimes without surgery.

One of the more common current treatments for some types of AVMs is a minimally invasive closing of the defect that does not include what is typically referred to as surgery. However, even procedures such as this are often called 'surgery' in media reports, despite being considered an alternative to surgery in the medical community.

No matter what the case, it's certainly better that they found out this way and now. A seizure could have come along at any delicate moment, instead of when he was surrounded by teammates, coaches, and medical personnel. But the condition is serious, and Patterson's return to the football field will not be immediate, though we cannot speculate on when it will be.

Neither the AVM or the resulting seizure were football related.

Obviously, we have to deliver the requisite "What matters is," which of course is only that he is healthy. We wish Patterson and his family nothing but the best as he seeks appropriate treatment.

We would be remiss if we did not also point out the football implications though. Patt was expected to start next to free agent addition Cullen Jenkins this season. If he's not good to go, that spot likely falls on third-year player Antonio Dixon, who filled in capably last season. Dixon replaced Brodrick Bunkley after an injury and started 10 games, never relinquishing the job even once Bunkley returned.

Behind Dixon is Trevor Laws, who showed some progress last season in an increased role. The Eagles also signed Anthony Hargrove from the Saints and Derek Landri from the Jaguars for depth.

Again, we want to emphasize that while there are varying degrees of the condition, in many instances it is very treatable, so we are hopeful we have not seen the last of Patterson in an Eagles uniform.

>> Eagles DT Patterson diagnosed with brain AVM [CSN]
>> More on AVMs [PubMed Health]
>> Eagles can't stop signing players [PFT]

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

The700Level Show's video gurus (nerds) took a trip over to Citizens Bank Park last week when the Phillies were promoting Pokemon Go lures at all of the PokeStops inside of the stadium. 

Some random quotes from the Pokemon fans, in their own words:

"There's like a million lures right now, so I might not actually sit down. I might just walk laps so I can catch like a million Pokemon."

"I'm kind of fighting the urge to walk around the stadium instead of watch the game right now."

"My egg just hatched."

"I'll be playing Pokemon Go at Wawa."

"People are like, 'get a life!'"

"I walked directly into a car, that was interesting."

"Constant loss of my dignity for being an adult and playing a children's game."

There you have it. Catch 'em all!

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NEW YORK -- The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.

Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves "different lines of inquiry and witnesses."

Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

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Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

Seventh-round draft pick Jalen Mills was one of the standouts of the Eagles' offseason program, quickly climbing the depth chart and impressing on the field. But on the first day of training camp, the rookie cornerback stood out for a far different reason.

As you can see, Mills' hair is green.

The LSU product turned some heads and even got a few chuckles from onlookers. Don't expect that to persuade him to go back to a more conventional look anytime soon though. Mills said he got the color done about a week ago and thinks he'll stick with it.

"Just joking with one of my friends," Mills said of how the new hairdo came about. "Then the joke, I actually came through and I actually kind of like it a little bit, so I'm gonna keep it for sure."

As for Mills' teammates, well, they've got jokes too. Let's just say the green hair has inspired some new nicknames for the first-year defensive back.

"Green Goblin. The Joker. I've heard Lime Green Skittle. Starburst," Mills said, rattling off some of the nicknames going around the locker rom. "I've been getting an earful."

Of course, Mills isn't the first Eagles player or even defensive back to sport team pride by changing the color of his locks. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie showed up to training camp with a green stripe in his hair back in 2012.

Hopefully it works out better for Mills than it did DRC, who went on to have a disastrous season. Fortunately, the 22-year-old seems to have his head on straight and is not merely vying for a roster spot, but perhaps serious playing time this season.

Mills opened up the first day of training camp with rookies and selected veterans by breaking up several passes, building on a strong offseason that saw him working with the first-team defense as the nickel corner. As for how he's gone from late-round pick to in the mix so fast, Mills credits hard work, along with his coaches and teammates.

"Just being focused and being determined," said Mills. "We've got a great coaching staff helping me, great players in the defensive back room as well, just everybody being able to help me put my first step forward.

"I'm really trying to give my all for this team and it's showing through."

It's showing through quite literally at the moment.