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Fan dons Kolb jersey after Eagles security makes him remove McNabb Redskins shirt

Jim Devlin, of King of Prussia, displays his McNabb Redskins jersey, which Eagles security at Lehigh asked him to remove.
Jim Devlin, of King of Prussia, displays his McNabb Redskins jersey, which Eagles security at Lehigh asked him to remove. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff photographer
Crunch Time is a compilation of hits and misses from Eagles training camp at Lehigh:

BETHLEHEM - Eagles fan Jim Devlin, the guy Eagles security asked to take off his Donovan McNabb Redskins jersey during the morning session of training camp, appeared for the afternoon practice wearing a red No. 4 Eagles Kevin Kolb practice jersey.

Devlin, of King of Prussia, said he bought the Kolb jersey during lunch break, from the souvenir stand. He said he'd intended to buy a Kolb jersey at some point, and figured this was as good a time as any.

Devlin seemed taken aback by the media stir he'd caused. He spent much of the afternoon practice talking to Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko and security official Dom DiSandro.

In the morning, Devlin said DiSandro told him coach Andy Reid wanted the jersey removed. Boyko later said Reid, in fact, had not noticed the jersey, that DiSandro was invoking Reid's general feelings, and not acting on a specific request.

Boyko said the Eagles don't have a hard-and-fast policy on such things, but that credentialed guests, as opposed to people who just come and sit in the stands, are supposed to be screened at their entry onto the field at Lehigh, and that the wearing of other teams' jerseys is discouraged.

Devlin was on the sideline on a guest pass, provided by friend Frank Deutchki, of Schwenksville, who accompanied him. Devlin said he was surprised by the whole scene, but emphasized there were no hard feelngs.

"I wasn't trying to make a statement, I was just trying to get a reaction out of the fans," said Devlin, who said he understood the organization's "business decision" to part with McNabb in April, and likes what he has seen from Kolb.

Devlin, who said he bought the jersey about a month ago, said he wore it to the Phils-Mets game Sunday, drawing scattered notices of disapproval from other fans. He said he wasn't expecting to draw reaction from the Eagles.

"If you're [running] training camp, something like that, you're probably focused on other things - I'd probably be worried about these guys [pointing toward the players] than all of these guys [the fans and media]," he said.

It was Devlin's first visit to training camp. He said if he'd known it would be a problem, he would have bought and worn a Stewart Bradley jersey.

After the forced removal, Deutchki carried the jersey in a plastic bag, with Devlin wearing a red T-shirt.

Fans here and there have worn Eagles McNabb jerseys at this camp without incident.


 

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, not surprisingly, was displeased by the huge deal some media outlets made of whatever his apparently minor on-field argument with DeSean Jackson was about. Maclin decried the tendency of people to invent a narrative, when, in fact, no one overheard what was said.

"It wasn't a big deal," Maclin said. "It wasn't anything."

Jackson is still not talking to the media.

Maclin sent this Tweet to Jackson last evening: "Reporters lookin to start somethin . . . funny how that works . . . riding all day."
 

In on-field issues, tight end Brent Celek (illness) did not practice in the morning session, which was not conducted in pads or with hitting. Celek returned for the afternoon. He said he'd eaten cheesecake the night before that had sat out too long.

Cornelius Ingram, back at full speed after time off earlier this week, and Clay Harbor took snaps with the first team in Celek's absence.

Running back Mike Bell also took part in the workouts.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, who had sat out with a concussion, returned for the afternoon practice.

Center Nick Cole and cornerback Macho Harris remain sidelined.

Kicker David Akers returned to the morning practice after missing the last 2 days with a foot injury.

Some highlights:

* Kevin Kolb beat an all-out blitz with a flip over the top to an uncovered Shady McCoy.

* Next blitz, Trevor Laws and Trent Cole got in Kolb's face and batted down his pass attempt.

* Kelley Washington blocked a Ken Parrish punt.

* Asante Samuel jumped a DeSean Jackson route and knocked the ball away.

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