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Patterson To Play Vs. Cleveland

After what has surely been a scary several weeks, defensive tackle Mike Patterson will make his 2011 debut in front of the Lincoln Financial Field Thursday night when the Eagles take on the Cleveland Browns. Head coach Andy Reid confirmed Tuesday that Patterson, who has been a participant in practice since Saturday, will play limited snaps against the Browns in the team's third preseason game.

"He was out 18 days or so, and he's been back for the four here," said Reid. "He kept himself in good shape. We'll treat him like it's the first preseason game that he's played. A little bit like I did with DeSean (Jackson) last week. Just limit his reps and see how he's doing. Communicate with him during the game, see how he's feeling."

Patterson, of course, suffered a seizure during training camp, the result of a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which is the tangling of blood vessels near the skull. After consulting with numerous doctors and seizure specialists, Patterson was cleared to resume football activities and was told any AVM treatment could wait until the end of the season. So in two nights, the defensive tackle who has started 77 games over the past five seasons will get his first game action of 2011.

"I'll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that. So emotionally, emotionally I'll be really excited," Patterson said. "It's football so everything takes practice and time and stuff like that. So I just need to be patient and continue to work on the things that I need to work on and listen to the coaching staff."

Patterson has been so focused on his own health that he welcomes the chance to play the game he loves and let his wind wander.

"That's the good thing about football, it's easy to zone everything out and just go out there and play," he said.

As Patterson is one of the more beloved players in the locker room, and one of the longest tenured Eagles, his teammates, who witnessed the seizure up close and personal, will all be thrilled to have Patterson on the field.

"It's great to have Mike back," said Michael Vick. "You know, everybody is ecstatic to have him back and we're excited to get him back out on the field. And I know he feels the same way and like I said, that instant brought us closer together as a team."

Elsewhere on the injury front, Reid ruled out the following players from Thursday night's game: defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, defensive end Brandon Graham, offensive tackle Ryan Harris, offensive tackle Winston Justice, safety Marlin Jackson, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, defensive end Juqua Parker and wide receiver Steve Smith.

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