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Philadelphia Eagles activate DT Mike Patterson

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Less than 15 months after being diagnosed with a brain abnormality, Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson was activated from the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday.

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Patterson is eligible to play in Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints.

"He did a good job. He moved around well and there were no symptoms (from the) surgery he had with his head and brain," coach Andy Reid said after Saturday's practice. "He's felt good. He's felt good all the way through workouts and then once he came out here he felt good."

Reid said he didn't know how much the 29-year-old would contribute, but said he would "definitely monitor how he's doing."

"I think you would probably monitor how many snaps he plays," Reid said. "You're not going to put him in there and have him go the whole game, which our guys don't do anyway."

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In August 2011, Patterson suffered a seizure which lead to a diagnosis of a cerebral arteriovenous malformation. He was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list Aug. 27 while recovering from offseason brain surgery to repair the condition.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine web site, a cerebral arteriovenous malformation is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain that usually forms before birth.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the team released linebacker Jason Williams.

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