Defensive tackle Mike Patterson returned to practice today for the first time since suffering a seizure Aug. 3, and said he plans on being ready to play in the season opener on Sept. 11.
"I'm really planning on it, so we'll see what happens," Patterson said Saturday after a walkthrough at the NovaCare Complex. "Right now, the coaches are doing everything right and the trainers are doing good. I really appreciate all the doctors that helped me out, especially all the fans who've sent me messages, too. We're taking it one day at a time and taking extra precautions to make sure everything is safe. You don't want to go out there and risk anything."
Patterson has several options for treating the arteriovenous malformation that caused the seizure, but they can all wait until after the season, the Eagles said. Patterson will take anti-seizure medication in the meantime.
"He's decided that he's ready to play. We've evaluated his conditioning over the last seven to 10 days," said Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder. "He's very much ready to return to football."
It's not yet clear if Patterson will play in Thursday's preseason game.
Patterson has not yet decided what type of procedure to use to address the AVM, Burkholder said.
"It most definitely is an AVM," Patterson said. "I have to get it taken care of eventually, but there is no big risk right now. I don't have to worry about it. The good thing is I'm still talking to doctors and figuring out how to take care of it, but there is no risk as far as football is concerned so I’m happy about that."
Jeremy Maclin is also back with the team and working out, but is probably a week or so away from practicing, Reid said.
The Eagles wide receiver, who was cleared of lymphoma last week, said that there was "no doubt" that he will be ready for the opener, which coincidentally is against the Rams in his hometown of St. Louis.
"I'm obviously really excited to play in that game, but I haven’t thought about the emotions of it," Maclin said.
In other news today:
-- Andy Reid said his first team linebacking group is unchanged. Casey Matthews, who took a lot of criticism for his play Thursday, is still starting. Coaches believe he got better as the game went on.
-- Jason Kelce said that he will be taking all the first team repetitions at center this week. Jamaal Jackson started in Thursday's preseason game, but had been splitting reps with Kelce through most of training camp. Kelce said that he wasn't sure if he was starting in this coming Thursday's game against the Browns.
-- The Eagles signed Reggie Wells, who sat on the bench as a guard last season. This time around, Wells will get a chance to compete at right tackle, Reid said.
-- Ryan Harris returned to practice but King Dunlap is the number one right tackle for now, Reid said. Reid praised Dunlap's play against the Steelers.
"I have confidence in King," Reid said. "It was just a matter of him getting used to the new techniques, and it looked like he did a nice job in the game against good competition. So I felt like when we came into camp that that was the case and then it was just a matter of him catching up on things. So I was good with it. Am I going to continue the competition? Absolutely, yeah."
-- Reid said that tackle Winston Justice was "making progress" with his knee, but that "he’s still got a little bit of pain on the outside of his knee." Reid added: "He's got a little bit to go here."
-- Trevor Laws was also back in practice. He said he expects to play Thursday against the Browns. Jason Avant was out with a knee contusion suffered against the Steelers.
-- Jamar Chaney practiced even though he sprained an ankle after he took what Reid called "a late hit on the back of his knee there. That could have been really a severe injury." Chaney later tweeted, "Looking at the cheap shot [guard Ramon Foster] for the Steelers gave me Thursday night, I should have been getting ready to have season ending surgery."
-- Reid that defensive tackle Antonio Dixon's back was calming down, but that he did not practice. Defensive end Juqua Parker (calf) did not practice, but is "day-to-day" (but aren't we all?). Defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim has a hamstring strain and did not practice.
-- The Eagles released wide receiver Brandon Caleb and defensive tackle Charlie Noonan.