Mike Patterson down but not out
The Philadelphia Eagles spent the free agency period building for a Super Bowl run. Headliners include new additions Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin, and Ronnie Brown. Fans suddenly had a reason to salivate, anticipating what could finally be. But just as quickly as Lombardi visions danced in their heads, Mike Patterson fell to the turf, shifting focus and raising concern for the 6-year fixture at defensive tackle.
Mike Patterson was hospitalized on Wednesday, after a collapse and seizure during team practice. On Thursday we learn the early diagnosis is a congenital brain condition, though his agent disputes the claim until further testing is complete.
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are defects of thecirculatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. They are comprised of snarled tangles of arteries and veins. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from theheart to the body’s cells; veins return oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs and heart. The presence of an AVM disrupts this vital cyclical process. Although AVMs can develop in many different sites, those located in the brain or spinal cord-the two parts of the central nervous system-can have especially widespread effects on the body.–Medicine.Net
The condition can be corrected through radiation treatment or surgery, with the latter being the more rapid method to improved health. Patterson’s status for opening day remains uncertain, and leans more towards unlikely.
Though sidetracking, the disorder may not be career threatening. Former UConn point guard, and current Piston, A.J. Price suffered the same condition as a freshman in 2005. He missed an entire season, but after surgical correction, was medically cleared to resume participation the following year.
Patterson won All-America honors at USC, anchoring the defensive line for Pete Carroll’s 2003 and 2004 National Championship teams. Among his Line mates was Kenechi Udeze, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, who was later forced from the game by a rare form of Leukemia.
Best wishes to the big man, and hopes for a speedy recovery.