Philadelphia Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs won’t return this season after suffering his second neck injury in last two seasons, a league source confirmed Monday. Hobbs is expected to go on injured reserve in the near future.
CB Dimitri Patterson, who has played well, will continue to start in place of Hobbs. Patterson is in the last year of a three-year deal.
Hobbs was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half of Sunday night’s victory over the visiting New York Giants when he collided with Giants DE Dave Tollefson. Hobbs had resumed returning kicks after returning from a hip injury.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said an MRI taken Monday morning showed a disc injury to Hobbs’ neck.
Hobbs , 27, signed a one-year, $2.8 million restricted free-agent tender back in late March.
Philadelphia has worked out 18 players this season but only two cornerbacks (Fred Bennett and Joe Burnett). But the Eagles still will have five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster once Hobbs is placed on injured reserve. Philadelphia does not have any cornerbacks on their eight-man practice squad.
The Eagles only dressed four cornerbacks against the Giants, so they only played with three for most of the second half. But they were able to survive because the Giants were without two of their top-four receivers.
CSNPhilly.com first reported that Hobbs would be out for the remainder of the season.
-- Adam Caplan