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Eagle set for return from AVM seizure

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who collapsed and suffered a seizure at practice this month, will play Thursday against Cleveland.

"I'll just be excited to be back out there with the guys, fans cheering and stuff like that," Patterson said.

Patterson was diagnosed with a brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins. Team trainer Rick Burkholder said last week that Patterson was cleared by four physicians specializing in brain AVMs. His condition will eventually have to be treated but the method hasn't been determined.

Dolphins give chance to RB Larry Johnson

DAVIE — Running back Larry Johnson signed with the Dolphins and said he knows he must quickly make a good impression fast.

"It's kind of hard to convince anybody with my colorful background that, yeah, I've changed," he said.

Johnson sat out most of 2010 after being released by the Redskins in September. He twice made the Pro Bowl and has career rushing totals of 6,221 yards and 55 scores, but his most recent touchdown came in 2008. The Chiefs suspended him twice then released him in 2009 after he posted a gay slur on Twitter.

CARDINALS: Backup quarterback Max Hall has a partly dislocated right shoulder., coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

GIANTS: In addition to starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, two more players were lost for the season in Monday's game against the Bears. Coach Tom Coughlin said second-round pick Marvin Austin (torn pectoral) and free-agent cornerback Brain Witherspoon (torn left ACL) need season-ending surgery.

PATRIOTS: Albert Haynesworth practiced a day after he pleaded no contest to a charge of simple assault. The newly acquired defensive tackle hadn't practiced since Aug. 4.

RAVENS: Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie agreed to a two-year deal, pending him passing a physical. The former college star at Miami was cut this month by the Vikings when he reported overweight.

STEELERS: Linebacker and former Florida State standout Lawrence Timmons signed a new six-year contract worth $50 million through 2016. Timmons led the team with 134 tackles last season.

TITANS: Running back Chris Johnson said he would meet today with general manager Mike Reinfeldt, a move that might bring both sides closer to getting a new deal done and end his holdout.

VIKINGS: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams (plantar fasciitis, left foot) said he is unlikely to play the final two preseason games.

TRADE: The Bengals acquired former USC safety Taylor Mays from the 49ers for an undisclosed draft pick.

NAMING DEAL: Insurance giant MetLife agreed to buy naming rights to the $1.6 billion stadium shared by the Giants and Jets. The deal reportedly will net the teams $17 million to $20 million annually at the one-year-old facility, which will become MetLife Stadium.

TORNADO BENEFIT: The Chiefs and Rams will use Friday's preseason game at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium to benefit the tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. The city of about 50,000, a couple hours south of Kansas City, was devastated by a tornado May 22 that killed more than 150 and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage. The teams plan to collect donations.

FREE AGENTS: Two players not taken in Monday's supplemental draft signed: Former Georgia running back Caleb King (Vikings) and former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo (Ravens).

Eagle set for return from AVM seizure 08/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:11am]
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