Eagles tackle suffers seizure

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, Last Updated: 1:16 PM ET

BETHLEHEM, PA. - Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson was alert and not in any pain after suffering a seizure and losing consciousness Wednesday morning at training camp, according to his agent.

Patterson was placed on a stretcher and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in an ambulance after experiencing convulsions during practice. Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said Patterson suffered a seizure and would undergo tests.

The player's agent, J.R. Rickert, said in a statement that Patterson was "alert, in no pain and doing well."

"He lost consciousness on the field for a brief period and the Eagles' medical staff responded accordingly," Rickert said. "We are very grateful for everyone's prayers and support. Mike will be back at practice as soon as the doctors clear him."

Patterson was down on the ground for several minutes before he was taken off the field. Among those who came to his aid was rookie offensive lineman Danny Watkins, a first-round draft pick and former firefighter.

The 27-year-old Patterson is entering his seventh NFL season with the Eagles after they picked him in the first round (No. 31 overall) in the 2005 draft out of USC.

Patterson, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 300 pounds, had a career-low 37 tackles in 15 games last season, including 14 starts, and posted two sacks.

He has compiled 297 tackles and 13 sacks in six seasons.


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