Defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to the practice field for the first time Saturday since suffering a seizure as a result of a brain AVM back on August 3.
Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said that Patterson saw four AVM specialists and a seizure specialist and was cleared to return. Patterson is taking medicine to control the seizures. Patterson has a few long-term options for curing the brain AVM, but he is going to wait until the end of the season. The Eagles have evaluated Patterson's conditioning over the past 7-10 days and felt comfortable having him participate in the 10-10-10 workout. The fact that Patterson has rested since the seizure first occurred dramatically descreases the chance of another seizure taking place, according to Burkholder.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was also with the team on Saturday, but Reid reiterated that it will be at least another week before he can practice.
The Eagles also welcomed back to practice defensive tackle Trevor Laws and right tackle Ryan Harris, who had been sidelined due to injury.
The Eagles brought back veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells, who signed with the team Saturday morning. Head coach Andy Reid said that Wells will work in at the guard and right tackle positions. Reid said that King Dunlap, who started at right guard against Pittsburgh, "did a fairly nice job in the game" and took the first-team reps on Saturday. Winston Justice is still on the Physically Unable to perform list with a knee injury. Reid said Justice went through a tough workout with trainers on Friday, but there is still some pain in the knee that must heal before he can get back on the field.
Here is the list of players who did not practice: wide receiver Jason Avant (knee contusion), defensive tackle Antonio Dixon (back), defensive end Brandon Graham (knee), safety Marlin Jackson (sports hernia), linebacker Greg Lloyd (high ankle sprain), defensive end Juqua Parter (calf), wide receiver Steve Smith (knee), defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (hamstring) and offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou (knee).
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