The Eagles returned to NovaCare today, and so did wideout Jeremy Maclin and defensive tackle Mike Patterson, back from serious health scares.
Patterson, hospitalized Aug. 3 after suffering a seizure at practice, has seen three specialists on brian AVMs (a tangle of blood vessels), and has consulted with another, Eagles coach Andy Reid said. Reid said the decision was for Patterson to take antiseizure medication and have the AVM dealt with, possibly through surgery, after the season.
Maclin found out definitely this past week that he did not have lymphoma, and seems to have recovered from a viral illness that caused abnormal blood tests over a period of months. Maclin will be working out on his own for about a week, then will start practicing with the Eagles, Reid said. Both players hope to participate in the season opener Sept. 11 at St. Louis, but that isn't definite, in either case.
Maclin cleared up a few things today. First, he has felt fine since his initial "recovery," which he talked to reporters about back in the spring. He just couldn't get the blood tests to come out right until recently. Maclin said though he was worried about the possibility of lymphoma, he also knew that with that illness, "normally you don't get better, the symptoms actually get worse until you get treatment," and he knew he had gotten better, so he was reasonably sure he didn't have it.
"It was tough," Maclin said. "No matter what you're doing, it's always in the back of your mind. It was good to clear that cloud that was in the back of my mind."
Maclin said he has been able to work out and might not need a lot of time to get ready.
"It was just a personal matter, man," he said when asked why he allowed outlandish rumors to circulate for weeks, after camp opened with Maclin unable to participate.
"I was feeling fine, I was working out. The doctors, they just weren't sure, so I kept having to have more and more tests," Maclin said. "I'm happy to be back among my teammates."
Maclin said his weight is normal now.
Patterson, meanwhile, said he and Maclin haven't spoken to one another about their trials. "This is not the sort of thing you want to go back and compare notes on," he said.
Patterson said he woke up in the ambulance, after blacking out on the field Aug. 3 at Lehigh, and biting his tongue. He said he wasn't too frightened, because he felt pretty good, and was reasonably sure nothing horrific had occurred.
"I really thank God. It could have been a worse situation than it was. (It happened) out on the field, we had a bunch of trainers, we had doctors there, everything was able to be taken care of right then and there. I feel real thankful about that.
"I kind of blacked out and just came to in the ambulance, with guys all over me, pulling the pads off me, taking and IV and stuff. I kind of figured something happened, I just didn't knwo what it was at the time."
"Felt good to be out there" in practice today, Patterson said.