Avant has near-scare with young fan

Posted: August 11, 2007

Crunch Time is a compilation of hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In a practice session with little hard-hitting action, one young fan got his money's worth:

Although Jason Avant hauled in a sideline pass from Kelly Holcomb during two-on-two drills in the morning session, he wasn't able to maintain his balance after keeping both feet inbounds. The 6-foot, second-year receiver from Michigan staggered loosely along the sideline, trying to regain his footing, but instead struck the plastic barricade that separates the fans from the field. A young boy was hit by a gate from the impact.

"I tried to get my balance as fast as I could, but it was just all that momentum behind me," Avant said. "I'm just glad the kid was OK."

The boy, who had a red mark on his right cheek, appeared to be fine as he and an adult with him were escorted away by a field supervisor.

Avant, who had a rough rookie year with seven catches and one touchdown in eight games, has been impressive throughout the 2 weeks at camp, and continued making strides yesterday. In the morning session, he made a onehanded snag with his left hand over cornerback Joselio Hanson on a 40-yard pass from Kevin Kolb.

* During the one-on-one drills, things got a little heated between safety C.J. Gaddis and receiver Michael Gasperson. When Gasperson broke off the line, Gaddis jammed him up, and kept a handful of his jersey in the process. Gasperson still was able to break free and haul in the pass. As fans instigated things, Gasperson got up and greeted Gaddis with a little jab as they walked back to their huddles.

* Rookie free agent Dereck Faulkner made Hanson look silly for the second time with a onehanded catch along the sideline over the cornerback, who has seen increased time because of several injuries to the corners.

* Greg Lewis pulled in a 45-yard bomb from Holcomb in the morning.

The time's yours

The morning session begins at 8:15. It is the last public practice at Lehigh University. The entire team will work out in the afternoon, beginning at 2:45. The defensive line is scheduled to be in the autograph tent.

Quote of note

"I got my cleats in the car," former Eagles linebacker Ike Reese said after chatting briefly on the sideline with tackle William Thomas during the morning practice. The Eagles announced yesterday that Reese will be the Eagles Television Network's color analyst during the preseason, replacing Ron Jaworski, who is broadcasting preseason and regular-season games on ESPN. *

- Steve King

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