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]

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died in Orlando.

Police say the 48-year-old former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead on Tuesday morning.

Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown, but that there is nothing suspicious about his death. An investigation is being conducted.

One of the best defensive lineman of his generation, Kennedy was a star in his 11 seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks. He became the second Seattle player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight.

Kennedy was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

"Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy," Broncos' general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday. Elway was chased around by Kennedy twice a year for much of the 1990s as competitors in the AFC West. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him."

Even though he last played for the Seahawks in 2000, he remained a significant part of the organization. He was a mainstay around the team during training camp and would occasionally roll through the locker room during the regular season grabbing a few minutes with anyone -- players, coaches, media -- up for a chat.

"My heart hurts," current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. "We lost a truly great player but even better person."

10 observations from Day 1 of Eagles' OTAs

10 observations from Day 1 of Eagles' OTAs

There was finally some football in South Philly on Tuesday as the Eagles kicked off the first round of their OTAs. 

Aside from a few notable absences -- Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters, Donnie Jones, Marcus Smith -- the Eagles had just about everyone on the field (see story)

Here are 10 observations from Tuesday's practice: 

1. Here's how the first-team offense looked: 
QB: Carson Wentz
RB: LeGarrette Blount
TE: Zach Ertz
OL (left to right): Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews

2. Here's how the first-team defense looked: 
LDE: Brandon Graham
LDT: Destiny Vaeao
RDT: Tim Jernigan
RDE: Vinny Curry
LBs: Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks
S: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod
CB: Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson. 

Note: In the nickel package, rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas came on the field as an outside cornerback and Mills slid into the slot. 

3. Early in the practice, in an offense-only drill, the Eagles were trying to audible into a new play, but there was some confusion with Blount, who didn't seem to know the play. Blount is still obviously learning the playbook, but it shows the respect they have for him that he was working with the ones already. 

4. The play the Eagles wanted to get into during that drill was a good one. Wentz rolled out to his right and found Jeffery streaking across the field. The two seem to be getting on just fine. 

Although later in 11-on-11s, Wentz tossed up an ill-advised pass deep to Jeffery in tight coverage and the ball was picked by McLeod. Jeffery will win a lot of battles, but that one was too much. 

5. Linebacker Joe Walker and cornerback Ron Brooks were on the field on Tuesday but didn't participate in team drills. Walker (ACL) and Brooks (quad tendon) are both recovering from significant injuries. 

6. The Eagles lined up a few times with Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey on the field together. Those few times, Sproles was in the backfield and Pumphrey lined up in the slot. It's early, but we might get to see some creativity from Doug Pederson with these two this year. 

7. Dillon Gordon, whom the Eagles signed as an undrafted rookie last year, did something interesting on Tuesday. The offensive tackle, who played tight end in college, took a few reps at tight end in limited offensive drills. That's intriguing because if he could play the role of an extra tackle during the season, he'd have something Matt Tobin doesn't: the ability to actually become a receiver, not just an eligible one. 

8. Robinson, who is getting run at corner with the first team, won a jump ball with Dorial Green-Beckham on a deep ball. It was an impressive play by Robinson, but DGB mistimed his jump. 

The best defensive play of the day came from Najee Goode in 7-on-7s. The veteran backup linebacker and special teamer dropped back and dove backward to break up a pass off the hand of Nick Foles. 

9. Obviously, there's no hitting yet, but Derek Barnett had a good first day going against the vets. Sure, Lane Johnson completely shut him down on one play, but Barnett showed off a variety of moves. 

10. The Eagles' two rookie receivers worked with the third team on Tuesday, while DGB and Nelson Agholor worked with the twos. Shelton Gibson showed off his quickness and Mack Hollins' size and speed combo wasn't any less impressive. Also, Hollins wasn't wearing gloves, but it didn't seem to affect his ability to catch. 

Stupid observation of the day: Thanks to his afro and thick beard, Seumalo kind of looks like a lion with a mane.