Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, 29, is scheduled to practice Monday for the first time this season. Patterson is currently on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list and has not practiced since offseason surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain.
The AVM was discovered last summer when Patterson suffered a seizure during Training Camp. Told that the surgery could wait until after the season, the 2005 first-round draft pick returned to action in 2011, starting 15 games for the Eagles. Following the January surgery, Patterson was expected to return to action around this summer's Training Camp, but he was not fully cleared at the time.
Now, the Eagles will have three weeks to decide whether to activate Patterson, currently the longest-tenured Eagle, onto the 53-man roster.
There are currently four defensive tackles on the active roster: Fletcher Cox, Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri and Cedric Thornton. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @EaglesInsider.