Who starts opposite Asante?

Ellis Hobbs has been the weak link in the Eagles' secondary this season. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles return to practice with a light session Monday, have Tuesday off and then return to regular schedule Wednesday in advance of Sunday's game with Indianapolis.

When Sean McDermott was asked in the wake of the Tennessee meltdown if he anticipated making any changes in his secondary, McDermott demurred.

But we can be pretty sure he isn’t benching rookie free safety Nate Allen, who had been a tremendous success story before last week.

Corner Ellis Hobbs is the guy on the bubble. While many observers understood why McDermott didn’t want to ask Samuel to play the other side of the field in the fourth quarter at Tennessee without having practiced there, it was harder to understand why McDermott wouldn’t give Joselio Hanson or Dimitri Patterson a shot at staying within the same area code as Kenny Britt, as Hobbs pretty much imploded.

In fact, there was a lot of speculation afterward that Hobbs must have suffered an injury and tried to keep playing (shades of Blaine Bishop in the 2003 NFC Campionship Game), though no injury was ever reported.

One thing is certain – even if Peyton Manning’s depleted receiving corps this week includes guys recruited off the street, the gameplan will be to throw at Hobbs, if he’s out there. 


For a look at Sunday in the NFC East, including the Donovan McNabb benching, click here