Some days are more eventful than others at these endless spring camps now being conducted in the searing summer heat, and this was perhaps the most interesting one so far for the Eagles.
With the full squad - minus cornerback Lito Sheppard and guards Shawn Andrews and Scott Young - back at work after the weekend off, it was impossible not to notice these things yesterday: Kevin Kolb was once again getting the majority of snaps with the first-team offense. Dan Klecko had a new number (68) and was back at his old position (defensive tackle). Offensive tackle Winston Justice was working at right guard. And right tackle Jon Runyan was blocking a red-shirted No. 92 as the scout team impersonated the New York Giants' defense.
Kolb ran the first-team offense because starting quarterback Donovan McNabb continues to nurse a sore right shoulder. It is a subject McNabb tried to avoid with the same determination with which he typically sidesteps defensive ends.
After spending Sunday night as a spectator at Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers in Boston, McNabb continued to mostly watch at practice yesterday. Afterward, the quarterback was asked if he was concerned about his aching shoulder, which has bothered him since the end of the Eagles' post-draft camp last month.
"No, no," McNabb said. "I know it will get better."
He then proceeded to change the subject.
Does he expect to get more repetitions during the final three workouts of this camp?
"We'll see," McNabb said. "We're taking it slow."
A team spokesman stopped the questioning after that one.
It was obvious that McNabb preferred talking about his trip to Boston with team owner Jeffrey Lurie and teammates Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins.
As for Klecko, coach Andy Reid's attempt to turn the former Temple star into a full-time fullback is over. After the team acquired fullback Luke Lawton in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, Klecko was told he would be moving back to defensive tackle, the position he primarily played during his first five NFL seasons. He handed in his No. 49 jersey and was issued No. 68.
Klecko was disappointed but not heartbroken.
"This is easy now," Klecko said. "This is just going back to D line. It's no big deal. Now I just have to get back into defensive-line mode, where as in the last two months I was trying to forget about it. I'm not going to sit and dwell on what happened. There's no point in it. You have to pick up and go."
Klecko said getting to an ideal weight for playing defensive tackle should not be a problem. He had been trying to shed pounds to play fullback.
"I really hadn't dropped to [265 pounds] yet," he said. "I was probably at  or a little bit less. It really isn't that big of a deal. I thought it was going OK [at fullback], but obviously that was up to Coach Reid and he had other plans there."
Making the 53-man roster as a defensive tackle may be even more difficult for Klecko than making the transition to fullback. The starters at that position are Brodrick Bunkley and Mike Patterson, with rookie Trevor Laws also a lock to make the team. Klecko will compete with Montae Reagor, LaJuan Ramsey and Jeremy Clark for a job at defensive tackle. Darren Howard and Juqua Parker (formerly Juqua Thomas), both listed as defensive ends, have also been seeing time at tackle in the Eagles' pass defenses.
"It's the NFL, so there's always competition," Klecko said. "I've been through it before for the last five years. Now I have to learn the defense. My studying for the next two months will be getting the defense down."
Justice was also playing a different position yesterday, although he was still on the same side of the football. With Andrews excused for personal reasons, the Eagles inserted Justice at right guard for practice.
The talk after practice was about the retirement of a player who often made life miserable for McNabb and Runyan during his long career with the New York Giants. Defensive end Michael Strahan's announcement came as the Eagles conducted a practice meant to familiarize them with the Giants. Jerome McDougle played the part of Strahan, wearing a red No. 92 jersey, but when practice was over, the Eagles learned they would not have to deal with that nemesis anymore.
Strahan, the Giants' all-time leader with 1411/2 sacks, did more of his damage against the Eagles and McNabb than any other team or quarterback. His 211/2 sacks against the Eagles were the most against any opponent, and his 121/2 sacks of McNabb were the most against any quarterback.
"There are a couple of other guys over there on that [Giants' defensive] line that we're waiting on" to retire, McNabb said. "He's a great player and a great friend. We've had so many conversations on the turf or when I was getting chased."
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