Acquired for a pair of fifth-round draft picks on draft day, Ellis Hobbs was fitting in pretty well as a Philadelphia Eagle. He was usually the team’s nickel back and gained the the primary kick return job during the season.
Hobbs’ season is now suddenly over because of a neck injury suffered Sunday night against the Cowboys. The team announced Wednesday that Hobbs will be placed on injured reserve.
Rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin took over for Hobbs on returns Sunday, and is likely to get more work there. Joselio Hanson should get more consistent playing time at cornerback with Hobbs out.
Most famous for giving up the game-winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress in the Super Bowl, Hobbs will bring 47 games of starting experience to free agency next year. (And plenty of quotes for the collection of reporters that cover him.) The Eagles could bring him back as a restricted free agent if there is no new collective bargaining agreement.