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Eagles DT returns after seizure

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Mike Patterson, who collapsed and suffered a seizure at practice just 10 days ago, returned to the Eagles on Saturday.

Patterson did not practice but was in uniform doing strength and conditioning drills with a trainer and several teammates for the first time since his episode on an adjacent field. Patterson didn't answer questions, but he did tell reporters, "I feel great," as he left the field.

Patterson, a 300-pound defensive tackle, was diagnosed with a brain AVM after collapsing Aug. 3 at Lehigh University. He was taken from the field in an ambulance and hospitalized for three days.

A brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, is a prenatal condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins.

Coach Andy Reid said Patterson needs about a week of conditioning work to get into shape. After that, there's a chance he could be cleared by doctors to return to football.

More Eagles: Receiver DeSean Jackson practiced for the first time since ending an 11-day holdout Monday. … Right tackle Ryan Harris, who has had two back surgeries during his career, sat out practice with back spasms.

Burress recounts shooting: Plaxico Burress was walking up the stairs in a Manhattan nightclub three years ago when his life changed. The receiver, now with the Jets, talked about the night he accidentally shot himself in the thigh and the 20 months he served in prison as a result in a Real Sports interview on HBO (airs Tuesday).

"It was dark," recalled Burress, who was then with the Giants. "And I kind of, you know, missed a step. That's when I felt my gun start to slide. I went to grab it to stop it from falling. Pow!"

His wife, Tiffany, is an attorney. She told him he was going to end up serving jail time because he was going to be made an example of. Burress disagreed with her because, "I own the gun, it's mine, I bought it. How much trouble can I really be in?"

Dolphins: Coach Tony Sparano said Chris Henne is still the quarterback, even after going 4-of-8 for 78 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown in a 28-23 loss Friday to the Falcons. Backup Matt Moore was 11-of-18 for 123 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

49ers: Coach Jim Harbaugh said rookie Colin Kaepernick will get his shot to challenge Alex Smith for the starting quarterback job after a 24-3 loss to New Orleans on Friday. The first-year coach said nobody has earned the position in camp and that the team will consider adding an experienced backup to the mix.

Jaguars: Quarterback David Garrard, out since Aug. 4 with a sore back, returned to practice. He hopes to play Friday against the Falcons.

Redskins: Tight end Chris Cooley likely will miss another two weeks with a sore left knee.

Game highlights: Quarterback Cam Newton, the top pick in the draft, led a pair of field-goal drives in his NFL debut, and Jimmy Clausen threw a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen to help the host Panthers beat the Giants 20-10 in preseason action Saturday. Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn, completed 8 of 19 throws for 134 yards, including a pair of completions of at least 30 yards. … Quarterback Sam Bradford produced 17 points in four possessions and Josh Brown hit a 60-yard field goal as the host Rams beat the Colts 33-10. … Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass then sat down as the Packers lost 27-17 to the host Browns. … The Bills got two sacks from Shawne Merriman and nine in all, but the host Bears won 10-3. Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman suffered a head injury breaking up a pass and left the game. The Bears also lost defensive end Corey Wootton to a knee injury on the opening kickoff. … Rookie Jake Locker (7-of-10, 89 yards) threw a 45-yard touchdown pass as the host Titans beat the Vikings 14-3.

Eagles DT returns after seizure 08/14/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:34am]

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