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]

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).