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Burkholder Updates Patterson's Condition

Trainer Rick Burkholder today updated the condition of defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who suffered a seizure during the morning practice on Wednesday.

"He's out of Lehigh Valley hospital," Burkholder said. "He's actually either on his way or at Dr. Dorshimer's office right now. They're formulating a plan of second opinions... I know there have been reports out there that he'll be back in a few days and that kind of stuff. Like I told you before, we're not going to estimate any time loss for this guy or return to play time right now.

"We're going to go through the process and he's going to start the process this afternoon with Dr. Dorshimer to get another opinion other than the people at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Once again, we appreciate everything that's been done here."

Burkholder expressed his optimism on the whole situation.

"It was unbelievable today to see him smiling and happy," Burkholder said. "We're all upbeat that he's up, walking around and wants to play football again and we want to make sure that he can faithfully live his life and play football if that's what he wants to do and the doctors say it's safe for him."

The team also announced that they released defensive end Ricky Sapp, a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. Sapp had been placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list on Thursday.

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