It’s official. The Eagles announced today that, for the second straight year, cornerback/return man Ellis Hobbs has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Hobbs suffered a disc injury in his neck after a pile formed when he fumbled a kickoff in the second half of the 27-17 win over the Giants Sunday night.
Hobbs laid on the turf for over ten minutes, before being transferred to a board and eventually a stretcher which took him off the field before a speechless home crowd. There was no foul called on the play.
The sixth year man spent the last two seasons in midnight green after coming in a 2009 draft day trade and is in the final year of his contract. In either of those two seasons, Hobbs has not played more than eight games and recorded only one interception. With this setback his career as an Eagle could possibly be over.
We’re yet to see who will return kicks for the Eagles when they head to Chicago to take on the 7-3 Bears Sunday. When Hobbs got hurt, they went to RB Eldra Buckley. Earlier in the year they went with CB Jorrick Calvin to do both kick and punt return duties and was decent up until a few weeks ago, where he had some ball security problems against the Redskins.
To fill the open space on the roster, the Eagles have signed CB Brandon Hughes off the Giants’ practice squad. The 5’11 181 lbs corner was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers out of Oregon State. In college he recorded 166 total tackles, three interceptions and forced two fumbles. He was a two time second team All-Pac 10. Last year he spent the year on injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered in preseason.
With Hughes, the Eagles now have Asante Samuel, Dimitri Patterson, Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley and Jorrick Calvin at corner.