Patterson is dealing with a foot injury that's kept him sidelined but coaches insist he won't be out long.
He injured his foot working out in California before training camp but is said to be close to being ready.
"He's improving every day," Zimmer told the paper. "I saw him do some stuff (Saturday). ... I'll be surprised if it's long (that Patterson is out)."
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Patterson, who missed practice Friday and Saturday, is "champing at the bit" to get going.
He was sitting out as a precaution, and the injury is not expected to be serious.
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