- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington Redskins receiver David Patten was hospitalized with viral meningitis and will miss practice for the rest of the week.

Patten was admitted to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington late Monday afternoon, a day after he reported to training camp complaining of migraine headaches. He won’t be released from the hospital until tomorrow at the earliest.

“He came here sick, and our practice is to isolate them to keep them away from everybody else,” director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said yesterday. “It’s like catching a cold or a virus.”

Viral meningitis isn’t nearly as serious as bacterial meningitis but includes inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Once Patten leaves the hospital, Tyer said he will be monitored closely before being cleared to practice.

When Patten returns, he will join a crowded receiver rotation that includes Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El, Brandon Lloyd and special teams ace James Thrash.

“David had an outstanding [organized team activity] season, and with his ability to learn what’s going on and play two to three positions, he’ll be fine,” receivers coach Stan Hixon said.

Ryan O’Halloran

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