Thursday, December 25, 2014

Hobbs out, Patterson in; DeSean 'game-time' decision

As expected, Ellis Hobbs, who was torched by Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt in the Eagles' 37-19 loss to the Titans a week ago, is no longer the starting right cornerback. Veteran Dimitri Patterson was his replacement as the team reconvened Monday for a light practice following a bye week.

Hobbs out, Patterson in; DeSean 'game-time' decision

Ellis Hobbs will not start for the Eagles this Sunday. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
Ellis Hobbs will not start for the Eagles this Sunday. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

As expected, Ellis Hobbs, who was torched by Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt in the Eagles' 37-19 loss to the Titans a week ago, is no longer the starting right cornerback. Veteran Dimitri Patterson was his replacement as the team reconvened Monday for a light practice following a bye week.

Patterson, a five-year veteran who is known mostly for his special teams play, said that he first found out he had the job Monday morning.

"As we prepare for any team, I'm a competitor and I'm going to feel like I can cover anybody," Patterson said. "So Kenny Britt was no exception, and this week will be no exception and the rest of my career will be no exception."

The Eagles host the Colts Sunday and Patterson could be responsible for covering the always-dangerous Reggie Wayne.  

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Hobbs, who was unavailable for comment, did not practice today, an Eagles spokesman said, because of an unspecified injury and that he "went to see the doctor."

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, meanwhile, said that he was a "game-time decision" for Sunday's game against the Colts. Jackson (concussion) said that he was a limited participant in practice.

Quarterback Michael Vick practiced with the first team for the first time since his rib injury last month. He said that he was 100 percent and that there was "no soreness at all" in the rib cartilage area when he threw.

Jason Peters, who had arthroscopic knee surgery a few weeks ago, said that he was on target to start at left tackle against Indianapolis. King Dunlap, who said he was questionable for Sunday with a hyperextended knee, filled in for Peters in his absence and showed improvement.

"He did great," Peters said. "The King is a good player. He's probably going to be my replacement when I get done."

Running back LeSean McCoy practiced, but said that his fractured ribs still weren't 100 percent.

In non-Eagles-related news, Donovan McNabb's benching on Sunday was a topic of conversation in the Eagles locker room. Asked if he was shocked that his former teammate was replaced by Redskins coach Mike Shanahan with two minutes to play against Detroit, Vick said, "Absolutely, very shocked that he was pulled from the game in crunch time.

"But we never know what the situation may be or what happened or if there was an injury ... so we really can't speak on it or have judgment on the situation."

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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