Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who collapsed earlier this month at practice and suffered a seizure that required hospitalization for several days, is set to make his return to game action tomorrow night against the Browns.
"I'll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that," Patterson told reporters today. "So, emotionally, I'll be really excited."
Patterson was diagnosed with a brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said last week that Patterson had been cleared for a return to practice by four doctors specializing in the unusual condition. He will eventually have to be treated, but the exact method hasn't been determined yet.
Patterson, a former first-round pick out of USC, said he will not think about the condition when he plays.
"My body feels good and I really feel fine physically and mentally so I’m ready to go," Patterson said. "I've been talking to doctors, they tell me I can go out there and play. If I couldn’t do it 100 percent I wouldn’t do it at all. That's the good thing about football. It's easy to zone everything out and just go out there and play."