Football fan Jim Devlin said he was just trying to stir the pot by wearing a replica of Donovan McNabb's maroon Washington Redskins jersey on the sideline at Philadelphia Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., Wednesday morning. Instead, he believes he stirred up head coach Andy Reid.
Security guards asked Devlin, a 43-year-old from King of Prussia, Pa., to remove the jersey. He told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic he did so without complaint, adding the guard who asked him to remove the jersey said the request came from Reid.
A team spokesman denied that, saying that Reid was not aware of Devlin's presence and that the guards were acting to calm the commotion created when reporters crowded around the fan while practice was in session.
Devlin wore the McNabb jersey to a Phillies game Sunday, and said he got mixed reactions. Wednesday, he got a sideline pass from a friend. Devlin said fans granted such access are given written instructions how to conduct themselves.
Long Saturday absence for Colts?
Colts coach Jim Caldwell isn't ready to say how much time Jeff Saturday might miss. Jim Irsay is. The Colts owner told reporters that Indy's Pro Bowl center could miss two to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery to remove what the team described as a "loose body."
"We've seen guys come back in two weeks, you see some guys come back in six weeks," Irsay said. "You're hoping it's the shorter side of the scale." Caldwell would not say how or when Saturday hurt his knee, but that he believed it occurred over time. The Colts have not said which knee Saturday hurt, and several messages have been left by The Associated Press with Saturday's agent.
Russell's case sent to grand jury
A judge sent the drug possession case against former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to a grand jury in Mobile, Ala., despite testimony that the codeine drink found at Russell's home belonged to a longtime friend.
District Judge Charles McKnight questioned the credibility of the testimony given by Marcus Stevenson, who said he made the codeine-laced drink found in a July 5 raid at Russell's home. Mobile County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Thornton testified the orange-colored drink in Russell's bedroom appeared freshly poured. Investigators said Russell, who was in the bedroom, told them it was his Kool-Aid. Thornton said it later tested positive for codeine. Thornton also said there were nine people in the house and a codeine bottle without a prescription was found in a cabinet.