Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hobbs done for the season

Andy Reid was at a loss to say what Asante Samuel could have done differently on the play he was called for a helmet-to-helmet to hit.

Hobbs done for the season

Ellis Hobbs will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury in Sunday night´s win. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Ellis Hobbs will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury in Sunday night's win. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles will place Ellis Hobbs on injured reserve and end his season, the cornerback's agent, Kevin Omell confirmed Monday afternoon.

Hobbs damaged a disk in his neck/back area, according to Eagles coach Andy Reid, when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the win over the Giants on Sunday night. Reid did not give a long-term prognosis for Hobbs, but his season is over, Omell said.

"He's doing fine," Omell said. "He's walking around. He's just going to take the next few days to rest and figure out what his future may be."

Omell said that there has been no decision made as to whether Hobbs would need surgery. The cornerback, who injured his neck during a kick return, had surgery to repair a herniated disk last season.

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Hobbs lost his starting cornerback spot to Dimitri Patterson after his rough outing against Tennessee and after it was determined that he was playing with a hip flexor strain.

With Hobbs headed to IR, the Eagles will likely need to add another cornerback to their 53-man roster. Jamar Wall, a rookie, is on their practice sqaud. Rookie Trevard Lindley is on the 53-man roster, but he hasn't been active for most of the season. With Hobbs done, he will likely see more time on game days.


Andy Reid acknowledge that Asante Samuel's helmet hit Derek Hagan's on a hit in the second quarter, but the coach wasn't sure what else his player could have done to avoid the 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

"He came in and he tried to lead with his shoulder, and because of the angle, they might have clicked, but truly, his intent was shoulder," Reid said.

"I'm not sure exactly what you do there," Reid said, noting that Samuel came in sideways on the play. "He came in and he led with a shoulder. I guess you hit him down lower and you blow his knees out."

He added, "I'm not sure there's a way around that."

Samuel had tried to hit lower earlier in the year, and ended up with a concussion, Reid said.

Samuel was flagged as part of the NFL's effort to force defenders to avoid head shots, but despite the crackdown there, other helmet-to-helmet hits remain legal and caused another frightening moment Sunday night.

Ellis Hobbs, back this year from a herniated disk that required surgery last year, was stretchered off the field and an MRI revealed an injury to a separate disc, Reid said. He did not provide specifics of the injury, but expressed sadness for Hobbs.

"He is a tough, tough, tough guy," Reid said. "That was hard to watch yesterday."

The Eagles have now seen three incidents that left players lying motionless on the field in their past three home games: DeSean Jackson and Dunta Robinson were hurt in the Falcons game, the Colts' Austin Collie was injured and Hobbs was hurt last night.

Reid was at a loss to explain the rise in scary hits.

"I’m not standing there saying these guys are flagrantly trying to knock each other out," Reid said.

Other notes from the coach's day after news conference:

-- Samuel has an MCL sprain, but Reid said he expects the cornerback to be OK.

-- Juqua Parker's hip flexor is sore. Reid did not give an exact prognosis on him.

-- Reid praised LeSean McCoy and Jason Avant for bouncing back from a slow start (McCoy) and bad drop (Avant).

-- He said the team has a young energy that keeps players positive even when things go badly. "If the offense isn't doing well, the defense picks 'em up on the sideline and in their play."

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