Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hanson tested positive for diurectic


Hanson tested positive for diurectic

Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson gets a pat on the back from coach Brian Stewart during June workouts. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson gets a pat on the back from coach Brian Stewart during June workouts. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)


According to a statement from his attorney, Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended by the NFL for testing positive for a diurectic.

The statement by attorney David Cornwell said Hanson felt "bloated" after eating Chinese food before last year's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals and he took a pill "that turned out to be a diurectic."

"The urine specimen that Joselio provided after the game tested positive for a diurectic," Cornwell said. "Joselio did not use steroids or any other substance that would enhance his performance."

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Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs is done for the season and will have neck surgery, coach Andy Reid said. Reid did not announce that cornerback Joselio Hanson is out, but he was not at practice today and second-year cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said before practice that he has been promoted from the practice squad.

Reid didn't know the particulars of Hobbs' surgery, but he said that it wasn't likely career-threatening. Hobbs injured his spine in the loss to Dallas on Sunday night.

To replace Hobbs, the team signed corneback Ramzee Robinson, who last played for Detroit. Quintin Demps would be next in line to replace Hobbs in returning punts, but he currently is recovering from an ankle sprain was not at practice today. Demps said before practice that he will be ready for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers and he's looking forward to returning kicks, a role he held all of last season. Reid said that Macho Harris and Jeremy Maclin would be candidates to replace Hobbs if Demps can't go Sunday.

Brian Westbrook, meanwhile, will not practice today because of his sore ankle, Reid said. The Eagles are practicing indoors today and Westbrook has been known to sit out those sessions on astro turf. The running back missed the last two games with a concussion.

Tackle Jason Peters (sprained ankle) and linebacker Akeem Jordan (hyperextended knee) are also not practicing today. Reid said they were getting better, however. If Jordan can't play against the Chargers, Reid said he would use different combinations to replace him on the weak-side. Tracy White is the most obvious replacement.

In other news, wide receiver DeSean Jackson has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus. Uh-oh.

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