Ellis Hobbs will miss the season

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.

16 responses to “Ellis Hobbs will miss the season

  1. Hobbs….. What a waste of speed. Always hurt. Always getting beat. “The sorriest starting corner in the NFL” (Phillip Rivers).

  2. “Ellis Hobbs was fitting in pretty well as a Philadelphia Eagle”
    except for the part where he couldn’t cover anybody.

  3. I don’t know where to find this stat, but it would be interesting if there were a compilation somewhere of all the injuries suffered for all players on a per team basis. I think I’ve seen a “games missed” statistic in the past, but that does not give the whole story if a team has 8-10 players playing hurt on a weekly basis. With injuries being such a key component of a team’s success in the NFL, I wonder if something of this nature is out there…
    Anyway, Hobbs’ departure won’t leave too big a dent. He was touted as such a potent return man coming in, however, other than the called back TD return this past Sunday vs. the Cowboys, he didn’t make much of an impact there. Quintin Demps was very comparable in that same role last year. Unfortunately for the Eagles, he has been banged up for a large part of the season as well, so who knows when/if he’ll be able to step in.
    Joselio Hansen will step right in as the nickel corner, as he did last year.

  4. Hey Rosenthal, you should mention in there that Hobbs played the Super Bowl with a sports hernia. Giving up the game winning touchdown wasn’t fully his fault but more the defensive call that put him in a one-on-one with Plax at the end of the game.

  5. Joselio Hanson will not be stepping in…he is off the roster too. Jack Ikegwonu and Ramzee Robinson have been signed.

  6. “Joselio Hansen will step right in as the nickel corner, as he did last year.”
    Not so fast my friend, just reported by the Eagles that Hansen has been taken off the active roster and replaced by Jack Ikegwuonu

  7. The injury bug has definitely bitten the Eagles this year. I am glad that A. Samuel wasn’t hurt more when he took a knee to the top of the helmet.

  8. jackson isnt a student of nfl history otherwise he’d realize hiring rosenhaus is futile against the eagles. philly simply wont be taken advantage of when it comes to new contracts. also, if hobbs didnt come into the league via Ne, would he still be held so [relatively] high? if he was a 3rd rnd pick of houston or seattle, would phi have traded 2 5th’s? doubtful.

  9. “Not so fast my friend, just reported by the Eagles that Hansen has been taken off the active roster and replaced by Jack Ikegwuonu”
    Where did you get that info? They did no such thing. They replaced Hobbs with Ramzee Robinson.

  10. # Richm2256 says: November 11, 2009 1:29 PM
    Ellis Hobbs and Assante Samuels …… didn’t they used to be somebody?
    ———–
    Asante leads the league in interceptions since 2004. So, I’m gonna say he’s still a somebody.
    Ellis Hobbs is a starting corner for the Pats who got kicked out for a rookie and couldn’t crack 4th corner for the Eagles. He was a never-was.

  11. “Asante leads the league in interceptions since 2004. So, I’m gonna say he’s still a somebody”
    Don’t miss him much in New England, sorry. Check his ’08 and ’09 stats to ’07, his last year with the Patriots. These new kids are doing an awesome job, but the true test comes Sunday against a Master.
    Good luck ‘getting back to a Super Bowl” with the Eagles, Asante. (For those not in the know, that was the reason that he gave for leaving the Pats and signing with Philly)

  12. Richm2256 says:
    Good luck ‘getting back to a Super Bowl” with the Eagles, Asante. (For those not in the know, that was the reason that he gave for leaving the Pats and signing with Philly)
    Sounds like you’re still a little hurt over that decision. No player is going to say it was about money, but of course it was. The Eagles made him a paid man. The Patriots missed the playoffs last year – cooincidentally, in part because they treated Ellis Hobbs as a starting cornerback. So Asante got closer to it last year with the Birds, it seems.
    “VoxVeritas says:
    November 11, 2009 10:25 PM
    Never heard of the guy but get well soon anyway.”
    He’s the guy that torched your special teams unit for a touchdown, only to have it called back by a 5th round rookie on a tickytack holding penalty. But you obviously must not watch your team play in prime time games.

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