Following Houston Texan Andre Johnson's disgusting dislocated finger accident, another NFL player has suffered a serious injury during training camp. This time, however, it wasn't football's fault.
Philadelphia Eagle's defensive tackle Mike Patterson collapsed to the ground in a violent seizure during training camp on Wednesday and doctors have diagnosed him with arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
The brain condition is the tangling of blood vessels near the skull and may need surgery, although there are apparently many different treatment options. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters:
"In medicine today, there's tons of options. Everybody wants to jump right into surgery and I'm not saying for this particular case, I'm saying with everything, but there's so many other avenues out there. It would be foolish to speculate what's going to happen to Mike."
Unlike the series of football-related brain illnesses that have been plaguing retired players and led them to file a lawsuit against the NFL, doctors believe Patterson's AVM has nothing to do with his profession. The team's trainer continued to explain:
"We're pretty sure it's what caused the seizure and we're pretty sure it's not football related. It just so happened at football practice. It could've happened anywhere."
It's unknown whether Patterson will return to practice, but he is currently on medication to prevent future seizures.
This is definitely a blow to the team and especially Mike, but we hope his doctors are able to cure his condition!
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