Eagles DT Patterson has brain condition

August 4, 2011 - 10:15 AM
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Philadelphia Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder updates the media on the condition of defensive tackle Mike Patterson who had a seizure during NFL football training camp at Lehigh University Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder says defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a brain condition, and may require surgery.

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

On Wednesday, Patterson dropped to the ground between plays during a morning practice, and the player began violently shaking. He was immediately tended to by Burkholder and his staff, with assistance from rookie Danny Watkins, a trained firefighter, and taken by ambulance to a hospital.