Updates on Mike Patterson, Jeremy Maclin

Updates on Mike Patterson, Jeremy Maclin

Injuries are typically common at Eagles training camp at Lehigh, but this summer squad has been blindsided additionally by a pair of unusual medical conditions for two of its starters. While nothing has been confirmed yet for either Mike Patterson or Jeremy Maclin, we are hearing some possible good news for both.

First, Mike Patterson's agent spoke to certain members of the media on Friday, and while he did not got into great detail, he did allow that it is "very likely" Patt will play this season. Per the Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari:

"All the medical reports that we both looked at have been very
favorable and positive. We're just waiting for the doctors to make their
final diagnosis and their final treatment plan." Asked whether Patterson could play this year, [his agent] said, "it's very
likely that that will happen," but added "again, I'm not a doctor."

Patterson's agent also added they will have more information on Monday, and will make an announcement at that time. The seventh-year defensive tackle has something known as an AVM, which while a serious brain condition that can require surgery, is also very treatable. The Eagles have been hesitant to provide any kind of timetable for his return.

Meanwhile, as fans continue to speculate on Jeremy Maclin's mysterious illness, and concern grows that he could miss a ton of action in 2011, Andy Reid is trying is hardest to put those fires out.

The wide receiver entering his third season left the team last week to visit doctors in his home town St. Louis, but the head coach remains positive about having the second half of his one-two punch, telling reporters after Thursday night's preseason game:

“I think he’s going to be ready [for Week 1],” Reid said. “I guess I’m optimistic. I’m waiting to hear the results, but I’m optimistic.”

Maclin hasn't been practicing at all during training camp, and the Eagles adding Steve Smith didn't help to alleviate the wild rumors floating around. However, it should be noted Smith was moved to the Physically Unable to Perform list today. If he begins the regular season on the PUP, he will not be available until Week 6.

The fact that they don't know is certainly discouraging, but neither the team or Maclin seem to believe it will impact his career, much less this season. The opener is now only one month away though, so we will find out soon enough.

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).