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It’s Time: Eagles Training Camp Is Open

Jul 22, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

Rookies and selected veterans reported to Lehigh University for the start of training camp on Sunday.

Via 97.5 The Fanatic’s Tim McManus, Michael Vick arrived at Lehigh University on Sunday afternoon as rookies and selected veterans from the Eagles reported for training camp. Practices begin tomorrow morning, and the full squad assembles on Thursday.

Andy Reid held his opening press conference, but before he spoke to reporters, head trainer Rick Burkholder delivered a bit of bad news on defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Patterson underwent brain surgery during the offseason, and while he’s said to be donig fine, his physician has not cleared him for football yet. Patterson will not participate in training camp, and it’s unknown when he will return — it could be a matter of months.

Patterson joins Jason Peters on the Non-Football Injury list. Peters is considered a “long shot” to play this season, and frankly that’s better odds than we’re giving him. Special teams ace Colt Anderson will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but Reid says he is “very close.”

We’ll get into more on Patterson’s absence and what it means for the defense a little later. For the moment, we’re just excited to be one step closer to football season.