Ellis Hobbs Expected to Miss Season With Neck Injury

Written By Bob Cunningham On Monday, November 22, 2010

Hobbs' latest injury puts the Eagles defense in a bind.

No, this isn't an old article from last season. For the second straight year, Ellis Hobbs is reportedly going to miss the rest of the season due to a neck injury.

The news is being reported by CSNPhilly.com's Derrick Gunn.

Hobbs was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit with New York Giants reserve defensive end Dave Tollefson on a kick return. Once Tollefson and Hobbs collided, Hobbs dropped the ball and immediately went motionless.

He laid on the field for a good 10 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.

"He was upset because he wanted to get up and go," head coach Andy Reid told the media after the game. "Sometimes that happens in those situations. I told him to stay down there and trust the guys that were working with him. I said, 'Let's just make sure things are OK, and let's not do anything stupid here.'"

Hobbs did not lose mobility in his extremities as he gave the thumbs up on his way out of the stadium and walked out of the X-ray room later. The X-rays were negative, but an MRI later revealed a disc injury. And given Hobbs' history, the team isn't expected to take any chances.

Dimitri Patterson will continue to start at right corner, and Trevard Lindley will likely see an increased role as the team's dime corner.

But even with Lindley there to step up and take a larger role, I would expect the team to bring in another corner. Lindley only gives them four corners since Jorrick Calvin is mainly a kick returner who was not expected to contribute on defense.

With Hobbs out, Calvin will likely be the guy returning kicks for the rest of the year.

Hobbs, playing on a restricted free agent tender, is unlikely to be re-signed during the offseason after losing his job to Patterson and has most likely played his last game as an Eagle.

UPDATE: Hobbs' agent has confirmed that Hobbs is heading to the IR.

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