Philadelphia Eagles veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson will make his season debut at New Orleans on Monday.
The Eagles promoted Patterson to the active roster on Saturday and released linebacker Jason Williams.
“I’m really anxious to play again,” Patterson said Satur-day in quotes provided by the team. “More than anything, I’m excited to be back out there. It’s a fun game. I really love it and it’s just fun to play it. I just feel really happy.”
Patterson, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick in 2005, hasn’t played since last season. He missed all of training camp and the first seven games of the regular season while on the reserve/non-football injury list.
He was recovering from offseason brain surgery to repair a tangle of blood vessels known as an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that caused him to have a seizure during training camp in 2011. He was expected to participate in training camp this season, but his skull hadn’t sufficiently healed from the surgery.
Patterson, who has 15½ career sacks, could help the Eagles’ pass rush, but probably won’t play a lot of snaps against the Saints.
Look for rookie Fletcher Cox, Cullen Jenkins, Derek Landri and possibly Cedric Thornton to get most of the reps. Jenkins and Thornton each earned sacks in last week’s loss to Atlanta.
“I think you would probably monitor how many snaps he plays,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said Saturday in quotes provided by the team. “You’re not going to put him in there and have him go the whole game, which our guys don’t do anyway. We’ll definitely monitor how he’s doing.”
In other Eagles news Saturday, the team announced right guard Danny Watkins will miss his second straight game with chronic ankle soreness.
Rookie Dennis Kelly will start again. Saturday Nate Allen is listed as questionable with a strained hamstring but will make the trip to New Orleans. If he can’t play, David Sims would start at free safety.
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