The Eagles could get some much needed help on the defensive line Monday, as Defensive Tackle Mike Patterson may finally make his long-awaited return from surgery against the Saints.
Patterson will be heavily involved in practice for the first time this season, and barring any setbacks, Head Coach Andy Reid will give him the green light to play alongside his teammates in New Orleans.
“Yea, there’s a chance,” acknowledged Reid in regard to the likelihood of Patterson suiting up this week. Patterson himself isn’t certain of he’s playing, saying, “I hope so. You never know how the game goes, but I’m planning on it.”
“I think the Eagles did a really good job as far as allowing me to take my time to come back,” credited Patterson. “We have good strength coaches here and they really worked real well with me during the offseason and stuff like that. Just making sure that I didn’t get too out of focus.”
If you recall, Patterson collapsed during Training Camp 2011, with doctors later finding tangled blood vessels his brain, known as arteriovenous malformation. He had brain surgery thus offseason, and may finally be ready to contribute.
With the defense failing to stop the run in the last three games, and Jason Babin and Trent Cole looking like shells of their former selves, Patterson’s knack for being a run stuffer coupled with his unique leadership may be just what the defense needs.