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Afternoon update: Celek back; so is the fan who had the McNabb jersey

Brent Celek is back on the field, and so is the fan who was asked to remove his Donovan McNabb jersey this morning.

Afternoon update: Celek back; so is the fan who had the McNabb jersey

UPDATES: Brent Celek is back on the field for the afternoon work out. The team said he was out with an illness this morning. Hank Baskett and Antonio Dixon are working out on the side, along with Jamaal Jackson and Todd Herremans.

Also back is the the fan asked to remove his McNabb Redskins jersey this morning. He is again on the sidelines, this time wearing a bright red Kevin Kolb jersey like the one the quarterback wears for practice.

FROM EARLIER:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- In the dust up of the morning, a fan on the sidelines of Eagles practice was asked to take off his Redskins Donovan McNabb jersey. The fan, Jim Devlin of King of Prussia, said an Eagles staffer told him coach Andy Reid had noticed it.

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Devlin obliged, and stayed at practice, but said he thought a jersey would be below the level of concern for the team.

"I would be worried more about these guys" -- he said, pointing to the field, "more than these guys," he concluded, gesturing toward fans.

Devlin was on the sideline with a friend who had received sideline passes through his job. He said he was hoping to get a rise from Eagles fans and maybe some good-natured ribbing -- he had recently worn the jersey to a Phillies game, too -- but did not expect the team to take action. He said he is a McNabb fan, not a Redskins fan, and roots for the Eagles although he doesn't "bleed Eagles green."

Devlin said the team was non-confrontational, and he hardly seemed outraged about the situation. He remained on the sidelines for the rest of practice, wearing a red t-shirt, with his white jersey in a plastic Eagles bag, and said he might buy some Eagles gear on the way out.

An Eagles spokesman said the team doesn't allow spectators invited to the sidelines to wear opposing teams' paraphernalia.

On the field, meanwhile . . .

It was a very quiet practice. Today was the last day of two-a-days before Friday night's pre-season opener, and the team had a light morning session with no pads.

Tight end Brent Celek was not at practice. The team said he was out with an illness.

Mike Bell was back and so was Ricky Sapp. David Akers also returned.

UPDATE: In response to a question below, Bell looked OK, but it's still unclear if he's ready for full contact. He has been doing work in the non-contact portions of practice for several days now, and sitting out the hitting. There was no hitting today, so we don't know if he's ready to go that far. He has seemed to move well when he has been out there, but obviously there is a concern about pushing it too far.

Antonio Dixon (concussion) and Macho Harris (hamstring) are both still out, though Harris was working with a trainer on the side.

Kelley Washington, whose route to the roster may run through special teams, blocked a punt.

Dimitri Patterson, who the Eagles have been talking up in recent days, intercepted a Mike Vick pass in the end zone at the end of a two-minute drill. He stepped in front of Jordan Norwood.

Mike Kafka ended his hurry-up drive with a touchdown to Chad Hall.

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