Eagles add cornerback

With Ellis Hobbs headed to injured reserve with a neck injury, the Eagles have signed cornerback Brandon Hughes off the Giants’ practice squad, a team spokesman confirmed.

Hobbs suffered a disk injury on the second-half kickoff against the Giants and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Hughes was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 by the San Diego Chargers out of Oregon State.

He was on injured reserve all of last season with a knee injury. He made the final cut out of training camp, but was then released. The Giants reportedly offered him more money to join their practice squad rather than signing with the Chargers’ practice squad.

He has not been active for a game in his pro career. Even with Hobbs out, the Birds had five cornerbacks -- Asante Samuel, Dimitri Patterson, Trevard Lindley, Joselio Hanson and Jorrick Calvin, who is mainly a returner. So it isn't clear Hughes will be active for the Eagles anytime soon.

In other defensive back news, former Eagle Macho Harris signed with the Washington Redskins. Harris was selected in the fifth round in 2009 by the Eagles and played in 15 games, including eight starts at free safety as a rookie. He was released in September after being converted back to corner, where he'd played in college at Virginia Tech.

Vick soars in voting

Michael Vick is leading the NFC in voting for the Pro Bowl and is second overall behind Peyton Manning, in early totals released today.

Vick has received 405,292 total votes; Manning has 496,658.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is second in the NFC with 400,921 votes.

David Akers leads NFC kickers with 89,420 votes.

Fan voting ends Dec. 20, with the teams announced on Dec. 28.


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