Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson will not travel with the Eagles to Tampa Bay this weekend as the defensive tackle will remain hospitalized after being diagnosed with viral pneumonia according to sources.
The team was quick to stress that the illness has nothing to do with Patterson’s surgical procedure during the off-season. Patterson underwent brain surgery to correct a condition that caused him to suffer a seizure during training camp in 2011.
Because viral pneumonia is extremely contagious, the Eagles will closely monitor the rest of the roster over the next few days to make sure that more players do not come down with signs of any symptoms. The last thing the Eagles organization needs is a pneumonia epidemic spreading like wild-fire.
Four other players are ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for separate occurrences. Quarterback Michael Vick (concussion), running back LeSean McCoy (concussion), safety Kurt Coleman (sternum bruise) and offensive tackle Nate Menkin ( throat cartilage tear ) will not see any action.
Throat cartilate tear? One has to wonder how that happened.