Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson probably will stay overnight at a hospital after suffering a seizure at training camp at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday.
Patterson dropped to the ground between plays during a morning practice, and the player began violently shaking. He was immediately tended to by Burkholder and his staff, with assistance from rookie offensive lineman Danny Watkins, a trained firefighter.
Burkholder said the 6-foot-1, 300-pound Patterson was undergoing further tests at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
"Chances are really good we're going to keep him in overnight for observation," Burkholder said. "He's there with his wife. The only thing that we've really ruled out: He didn't have any bleeding in his brain or anything like that. The bleeding that some of you saw was that he bit his tongue; they've confirmed that, and they're running more tests on him right now."
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Patterson's agent JR Ricket said in a statement that the player is "in no pain and doing well."
Burkholder said the seizure lasted about four minutes, and Patterson lost consciousness at one point as he was on the ground.
As players kneeled nearby, holding hands and praying, an ambulance arrived, and Patterson was placed on a stretcher and lifted in.
The linemen resumed practice after about 15 minutes. The skill position players did 7-on-7 drills on another field while Patterson was down.
"We were all on edge a little bit, and Rick just kind of calmed the situation down," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said. "One thing I think he did a phenomenal job with was evaluating it, evaluating the situation in a calm way."
Patterson, 28, was the Eagles' first-round pick out of Southern California in 2005. He's started 84 games and played in 95, the most of anybody on the current roster. Burkholder said there's no timetable for his return.
Giants won't trade Osi
The Giants have changed their minds about trading disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora. In an email to Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone, the Giants ordered him to stop speaking to other teams about a trade, the desired compensation for which would have been a first-round draft pick. Umenyiora, dissatisfied with a contract that will pay him $7.1 million over the remaining two seasons of a six-year, $41 million extension he signed in 2005, reportedly is looking for a six-year deal in excess of $10 million per year.
The Broncos, Ravens, Seahawks, Rams, and Chargers showed some interest in the pass rusher who finished last season with 11½ sacks. But none was willing to give up a first-rounder. Unless Giants General Manager Jerry Reese changes his mind again, the team will either negotiate a new agreement with Umenyiora or force him to play under his current deal.
Lions' Fairley has surgery
Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley had surgery on his injured left foot Wednesday. The team said in a statement that he will miss a "significant portion" of training camp. Detroit opens the pre-season at home against Cincinnati on Aug. 12. The Lions start the regular season at Tampa Bay on Sept. 11.
Fairley, the Lombardi Trophy winner at national champion Auburn last season, was injured Monday and in a walking cast a day later after X-rays showed no significant damage. The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Fairley was drafted 13th in April's draft to complement a defensive line that includes Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch.
3 sticking points in CBA
With yet another deadline approaching, NFL players and owners still are debating drug testing, benefits and the disciplinary process for the player-conduct policy as they work to complete the collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL and the players union were discussing those issues Wednesday, with the league year scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday. That's when players who signed new contracts will be allowed to practice for the first time if the players approve the CBA.
Among the players' concerns is how HGH testing would be implemented, who would oversee it and what would be a fair appeals process. Blood tests are used to look for HGH, while urine tests are used to detect other substances that violate the league's drug policy.
Packers get a date for D.C.
Denied the traditional Super Bowl champions' visit to the White House during the lockout, the Packers finally are headed to Washington. They will visit the White House on Aug. 12, one day before their first pre-season game in Cleveland.
Around the league
Chiefs: Former All-Pro fullback Le'Ron McClain has agreed to a one-year contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, giving the defending AFC West champs a short-yardage option to go with a talented group of speedy running backs.
Bengals: Former Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson has re-signed, the team announced on Twitter Wednesday. Cincinnati also announced that running back Cedric Benson and linebacker Manny Lawson also signed deals, making previous reports official.
Colts: Indianapolis signed defensive tackle Tommie Harris Wednesday. He's the third free agent added to Indy's roster this week, and all three are former first-round draft picks. Indy also signed former Atlanta defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, their first-round pick in April, and former Eagles and Lions linebacker Ernie Sims this week.
Browns: Cleveland signed free agent punter Richmond McGee Wednesday to replace Reggie Hodges, who suffered a season-ending injury Tuesday. McGee was recently waived by the Bears.
Seahawks: Seattle agreed to terms with free agent kicker Jeff Reed Wednesday. Reed finished last season with the 49ers after playing the majority of his first 10 seasons with the Steelers. Reed was released by the Steelers after nine games in which he converted 15 field goals in 22 attempts.
Ravens: Center Matt Birk is planning to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the next few days, his agent said Wednesday. Joe Linta said the six-time Pro Bowler should be able to return in a few weeks.
Cowboys: Unrestricted free agent Gerald Sensabaugh is returning to Dallas to fill one of their safety spots, he confirmed Wednesday on Twitter. A story on the team's Web site said Sensabaugh got a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Patriots: New England re-signed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis Wednesday.Green-Ellis was a restricted free agent but is staying where he spent his first three seasons after making the club as an undrafted free agent.
Cowboys: Cornerback Terence Newman has an apparent groin injury. Newman got hurt during practice Wednesday, walking gingerly off the field after getting tangled during pass-coverage drills.
Titans: Cornerback Ryan Mouton will have surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon, making him the second player to have his season ended by that injury since training camp opened. Rookie free agent receiver O.J. Murdock's injured his Achilles Sunday.