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Patterson gets off

Not exactly a surprise that a pro athlete pretty much gets off scot free after being arrested, but it's good news nonetheless.

Careless driving charge levied against Eagles' Patterson

Eagles starting defensive tackle Mike Patterson was fined $189 for careless driving after being pulled over by police Feb. 16 in Evesham Township, N.J.Patterson dodged the more serious charges, though.

To be fair I don't think most first time offenders, famous or not, get the book thrown at them for simple possession.

I'm sure he'll now be put into the NFL's substance abuse program, but I highly doubt he'll be subject to any further punishment. Patterson just needs to stay out of trouble and focus on building on what was a very good year for him last year.

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