Eagles tackle Patterson has a brain condition

| Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a brain condition that may require surgery.

Burkholder said Thursday morning that Patterson is undergoing further tests. The 28-year-old Patterson was hospitalized after suffering a seizure Wednesday morning at training camp at Lehigh University.

"In medicine today, there's tons of options," Burkholder said. "Everybody wants to jump right into surgery, and I'm not saying for this particular case, I'm saying with everything, but there's so many other avenues out there. It would be foolish to speculate what's going to happen to Mike."

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Patterson has been diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which is the tangling of blood vessels near the skull.

"We're pretty sure it's what caused the seizure, and we're pretty sure it's not football related," Burkholder said.

The trainer said Patterson is on medication to prevent another seizure. He was expected to be released from the hospital last night.

It's unknown when or if Patterson will return to the Eagles.

AVMs are malformations or tangles of arteries and veins that alter blood flow. The cause isn't known, but they are usually present at birth. They can form anywhere, but are more common in the brain or spinal cord.

Treatments include medications, surgery or radiation and vary depending on the size and location.

Burress tweaks ankle

Plaxico Burress has tweaked an ankle, and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says the newly signed wide receiver might be sidelined "one or two days."

Ryan says it's not a "significant" injury.

Burress was expected to take the field for the first time Thursday once the collective bargaining agreement is ratified. Ryan was unsure which ankle Burress tweaked but says the team will be smart with it. The team wants Burress ready so he can play in the regular-season opener against Dallas on Sept. 11.

Cotchery out, Mason in?

Jerricho Cotchery spoke a bit softer than he usually does as he reflected on his career with the New York Jets. And, he sounded as though he were saying goodbye.

The veteran wide receiver has been the subject of trade rumors, and said Thursday he believes he will be released if Derrick Mason, brought in by the Jets for a visit, passes his physical with the team.

Hali returns to Chiefs

Tamba Hali and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $60 million, making the outside linebacker one of the highest-paid pass rushers in the NFL.

A person familiar with the deal said that $35 million of the contract is guaranteed.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, also said that Hali, a former Penn State star, plans to be at training camp with the rest of the Chiefs yesterday afternoon.

Edwards joins 49ers

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Edwards' agent, Ben Dogra, confirmed the deal less than an hour before San Francisco's free agents could take the field for the first time.

Extra points

Free-agent safety Abram Elam agreed to a one-year deal with the Cowboys. Elam will get $2.5 million for one season ... The Chargers and first-round draft pick Corey Liuget have agreed to terms of a four-year contract. ... The Baltimore Ravens and safety Bernard Pollard, a former Texans star, have agreed to a two-year contract. ... New England signed its first-round pick Nate Solder yesterday. ... Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman (groin) will miss the entire preseason. ... Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri tore his Achilles' tendon and could miss the season. ... The Dolphins aren't ruling out that Brett Favre could end up in Miami. ... Safety Jordan Babineaux has agreed to terms for a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. ... The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a deal with free agent receiver Legedu Naanee.

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