After suffering a second neck injury in a year, Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs is believed to be contemplating retirement. Following an autograph session in Warwick, Rhode Island, Hobbs told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald that he hasn’t made a decision on his future.
“All I’m doing is relaxing,” Hobbs said. “Because of the lockout, it’s just giving me extra time to work on other things. But none of the doctors have said I need to shut it down, I need to stop playing. I myself haven’t even thought about that, or going that route. I’ve weighed both sides of it, and I’m pretty comfortable where I am right now.”
Hobbs underwent anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery in 2009, and his 2010 season ended with another disk injury during a helmet-to-helmet collision with New York Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson while returning a kickoff.
A third-round pick (84th overall) out of Iowa State by the New England Patriots in 2005, Hobbs had 198 tackles and 9 interceptions in 63 games for the Patriots before he was traded to the Eagles in 2009. In his 16 games for the Eagles, Hobbs recorded 27 tackles and an interception.
Hobbs, 28, has also averaged 26.5 yards on 141 career kick returns, bringing three back for touchdowns, including an NFL-record 108-yard return against the New York Jets in the 2007 season-opener.
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