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Eagles tackle has seizure

Patterson stable after collapsing

Associated Press / August 4, 2011

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Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson likely was going to remain overnight at a hospital after suffering a seizure at training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., trainer Rick Burkholder said yesterday.

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 offensive lineman Danny Watkins, a trained firefighter.

Burkholder said the 6-foot-1-inch, 300-pound Patterson was undergoing further tests at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

“The only thing that we’ve really ruled out, he didn’t have any bleeding in his brain or anything like that,’’ said Burkholder. “The bleeding that some of you saw was that he bit his tongue, they’ve confirmed that, and they’re running more tests on him right now.

“But he’s very stable. He wants to come back to training camp, but he’s over there being observed, but that’s pretty normal for somebody who has a seizure. Standard protocol says keep him in overnight to watch him and keep some monitors on him and whatnot.’’

Patterson’s agent, JR Rickert, said in a statement that the player is “in no pain and doing well.’’

“We are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and support,’’ he added. “Mike will be back at practice as soon as the doctors clear him.’’

Burkholder said the seizure lasted about four minutes, and Patterson lost consciousness at one point as he was on the ground.

As players kneeled nearby, holding hands and praying, an ambulance arrived and Patterson was placed on a stretcher and lifted into the ambulance.

It was a cool day at camp. Temperatures were in the high 70s when the players took the field for their morning session.

Patterson, 28, was the Eagles’ first-round pick out of Southern Cal in 2005. He’s started 84 games and played in 95, the most of anybody on the current roster.

Umenyiora staying The Giants have changed their minds about trading disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

In an e-mail to Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, the Giants ordered him to stop speaking to other teams about a trade, the desired compensation for which would have been a first-round draft pick. Umenyiora, dissatisfied with a contract that will pay him $7.1 million over the remaining two seasons of a six-year, $41 million extension he signed in 2005, reportedly is looking for a six-year deal in excess of $10 million per year.

The Broncos, Ravens, Seahawks, Rams, and Chargers showed some interest in the pass rusher, who finished last season with 11 1/2 sacks. But none was willing to give up a first-rounder.

Fairley has surgery Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley had surgery on his injured left foot, and the team said in a statement that he will miss a “significant portion’’ of training camp. Fairley, the Lombardi Trophy winner for national champion Auburn last season, was injured Monday and in a walking cast a day later. The team did not provide details on the procedure. Fairley was picked 13th overall in April’s draft . . . The Lions also announced that they had released linebacker Zack Follett, who injured his neck in a helmet-to-helmet collision against the Giants last October and missed the rest of the season. “Much as I fought to give it a go, just wasn’t in His plan. No longer a Lion,’’ Follett tweeted . . . Ravens center Matt Birk is planning to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the next few days, and should be able to return in a few weeks . . . Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman left practice with an apparent groin injury.

Bulger retires Former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger told that he is retiring after 11 seasons. Bulger was selected for the Pro Bowl twice and passed for 22,814 yards, 122 TDs, and 93 interceptions. “I have a special place in my heart for coach [Mike] Martz for giving me an opportunity,’’ said Bulger . . . A person familiar with the deal said the Jets have agreed to terms on a one-year contract to retain veteran safety Brodney Pool, who had 53 tackles, a sack, and an interception in 15 games last season, including 12 starts . . . Former All-Pro fullback Le’Ron McClain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chiefs, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, giving Kansas City a short-yardage option to go with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, a pair of smaller, shifty running backs who each logged more than 200 carries last season . . . The 49ers signed free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Madieu Williams to one-year contracts. Rogers spent the last six seasons in Washington and had 43 tackles and two interceptions in 2010. The ninth player taken overall in the 2005 draft, the 30-year-old Rogers is likely to replace Nate Clements, who was released last week in a cost-cutting move . . . Unrestricted free agent safety Gerald Sensabaugh re-signed with Dallas, getting a $2.5 million, one-year contract to return to the Cowboys instead of a longer-term deal he had hoped to get from them or another team . . . The Seahawks agreed to contract terms with free agent kicker Jeff Reed, who finished last season with the 49ers after spending the majority of his first 10 seasons with the Steelers . . . Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey is moving to guard after spending the last six seasons as a starter at tackle. The change makes newcomer Marc Colombo the favorite to start at Carey’s old right tackle spot . . . Bubba Smith, a defensive lineman who was the top overall pick in the 1967 draft, and found a successful second career as an actor, died in Los Angeles at age 66. Obituary, page B14.

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