Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson is in stable condition after collapsing at practice today at Lehigh University.
Patterson, 27, fell to the ground between drills at training camp this morning in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and suffered a seizure that lasted for about four minutes, the National Football League team said on its website. Patterson briefly lost consciousness, the Eagles said.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Patterson was stabilized by the Eagles’ training staff, then placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital.
“He’s absolutely alert, stable, totally communicating with everybody to the point that he’s joking a little bit,” Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters. “We won’t speculate what happened to him other than that he had a seizure. They’ll do all the testing at Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine why he had the seizure.”
Patterson was the Eagles’ first-round pick in the NFL’s 2005 draft and has started 77 of 80 games over the past five seasons. Burkholder said there’s nothing in Patterson’s medical history that indicates he’s predisposed to seizures.