Possibly some good news about the health and recovery of Philadelphia Eagles player Mike Patterson: According to a report from CSNPhilly’s Derrick Gunn, the defensive tackle may be activated by the team on Monday.
Gunn indicates that Patterson could begin practicing with the team but is “a ways off from being game ready.”
The tackle has been featured on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury (NFI) list since Aug. 27, as he continues to recover from offseason brain surgery to relieve a rare tangling of the nerves around his brain called AVM.
The Eagles and other teams in the NFL now have a three weeks, from Week 6 to Week 9, to allow players on NFI to practice. If they are not activated to the roster by Week 9, then they must be placed on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season.
Patterson is an 8-year veteran on the team and, prior to this season, had started 110 out of a possible 112 regular season games. The defensive line is one area where the Eagles has enormous depth. There is no need to rush Patterson back, so if he is not fully healed from his brain surgery expect him to be placed on IR for the remainder of the season.