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Patterson, Four Others Ruled Out

Posted Dec 7, 2012

Five players have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Andy Reid said Friday. Quarterback Michael Vick (concussion), running back LeSean McCoy (concussion) and safety Kurt Coleman (sternum bruise) were all expected not to play Sunday after not practicing all week. Defensive tackle Mike Patterson has also been ruled out with what head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder called "viral pneumonia."

Finally, offensive tackle Nate Menkin was ruled out with a throat cartilage tear.

Burkholder also emphasized that Patterson's pneumonia has nothing to do with his previous Arteriovenous Malformation.

"He came in sick yesterday morning," Burkholder said of Patterson. "They admitted him to the hospital ... he just got sick and got pneumonia."

Vick and McCoy, meanwhile, are both in Phase 4 of the post-concussion process, which involves heavy exercise (they ran 15 100-yard sprints Friday, for instance). Vick has still not passed his ImPACT test, while McCoy is still feeling symptoms.

Colt Anderson will start at safety in place of Coleman. Anderson returned earlier this season from a torn ACL suffered late in the 2011 season and Reid said it appears that he is much closer to his pre-ACL-tear athleticism.

"I thought after he got through about four games he was moving around better," Reid said. "Through special teams, you could see him improve."

With Patterson out, the Eagles have Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri and Cedric Thornton ready to go at the defensive tackle positions.

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