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Ellis Hobbs | Defensive Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
College: Iowa State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (84) / NE

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Former Eagles and Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs is "adjusting to life after football."
Hobbs has never officially announced his retirement, but he didn't play at all in 2011. Neck injuries and a series of concussions forced Hobbs to walk away from the game late in the 2010 season. He admits that long-term risks associated with concussions and brain injuries "frighten" him, especially in light of Junior Seau's suicide. Fri, May 4, 2012 09:30:00 AM

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Free agent CB Ellis Hobbs reiterated that he has not decided to retire from the NFL due to serious neck injuries.

"(I'm) waiting on doctor reviews to let me know if I can or can't play," said Hobbs. "If a doctor can come back to me and tell me, 'You have no more harm or danger then the next guy of getting hurt,' then I'm totally back in the game." Hobbs still has doubts, however, that any team's doctor will greenlight the risk if he's not 100 percent.
Source: WEEI Boston
Fri, Jul 8, 2011 12:29:00 PM

Free agent CB Ellis Hobbs (neck) has yet to commit to retirement this offseason.

"None of the doctors have said I need to shut it down, I need to stop playing," said Hobbs. "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 jokingly refers to his status as "unemployed" while he deliberates on his future. We wouldn't expect to see him back on the field in Week 1.
Sun, Jun 5, 2011 02:56:00 PM

Free agent CB Ellis Hobbs is now refuting reports that he's decided to retire due to serious neck injuries.

Hobbs essentially admitted in early December that the health risks were too great to keep playing. He still seems likely to retire, but he's earned the right to perform all of the necessary medical due diligence before making an official decision.
Tue, Feb 22, 2011 01:55:00 PM

According to Fox Sports' Adam Caplan, CB Ellis Hobbs will definitely retire after his second serious neck injury in two years.

Hobbs' November injury will end his career because it's "higher up in the neck." The 27-year-old is expected to pursue a career in broadcasting. The Eagles will make it a priority to find a right cornerback opposite Asante Samuel this offseason.
Sun, Feb 20, 2011 03:27:00 PM

Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs (neck, injured reserve) says he's retiring, but he's still leaving the door open for a possible return.

"Is it really worth it, the game itself?," Hobbs said. "You're financially OK. You have your health now. There are so many things you can look forward to at the age of 27." But, he added, "We throw nothing out the window and we hold all options available." Hobbs has suffered two severe neck injuries in two years, so it's no surprise he's leaning towards retirement right now. If his rehab goes well, though, it's certainly possible he'll change his mind.
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 10:17:00 AM

Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs' (neck, injured reserve) agent, Kevin Omell, has denied an ESPN report that his client is leaning towards retirement.

Omell said Hobbs has not yet considered his long-term plans. While that doesn't necessarily mean he's not mulling retirement, the door does seem open to a return, at least at this point. Hobbs should have a better idea what his plans are following rehab from a second neck surgery.
Mon, Nov 29, 2010 10:40:00 AM

Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs (neck, injured reserve) is reportedly leaning toward retiring from the NFL.

Hobbs will undergo neck surgery next week for the second time in a year. It's believed that Hobbs would retire if he had to make the call right now, but he could change his mind with an offseason to mull over the decision. Hobbs is set to hit free agency in 2011, and the Eagles have moved forward with Dimitri Patterson playing well opposite Asante Samuel.
Sun, Nov 28, 2010 12:07:00 PM

Eagles placed CB Ellis Hobbs on injured reserve with a damaged disc in his neck, ending his season.

Hobbs, 27, finishes his second season as an Eagle with 16 tackles, no interceptions, and 345 kickoff return yards. Though he possesses plenty of talent, recurring neck injuries will crush Hobbs' value on the 2011 free agent market. At this point, he may consider hanging up the cleats.
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 03:17:00 PM

FOX Sports' Adam Caplan reports that the Eagles are expected to place CB Ellis Hobbs (neck) on injured reserve soon.

The good news is that Hobbs has apparently avoided a serious injury despite his scary collision Sunday night. We can't blame the Eagles for playing it safe given that Hobbs has had two separate disc injuries in his neck in two years.
Source: NFL Buzz
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 01:24:00 PM

An MRI on Ellis Hobbs' back/neck revealed a disc injury and he will not play against the Bears Sunday.

The good news is that Hobbs is in decent health despite Sunday night's scary scene. The bad news is that he has now had two different disc injuries around his neck in two years. The last one required surgery to repair. The Eagles are going to be relying heavily on Dimitri Patterson going forward.
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 12:31:00 PM

NBC's Andrea Kremer reports that CB Ellis Hobbs' X-rays were negative, and the Eagle walked to the locker room wearing a neck brace.

Quite a relief that Hobbs has regained full use of all his extremities, as things were looking bleak when he lay motionless on the Lincoln Financial Field grass for ten minutes. We'll let you know what his playing status is for Week 12, but it would seem likely the Eagles will play it safe given Hobbs just underwent neck surgery in December 2009.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 11:01:00 PM

Eagles DB Ellis Hobbs was carted off on a stretcher after his neck was injured on a legal helmet-to-helmet hit from Giants special teamer Dave Tollefson on the opening kickoff of the third quarter.

Hobbs' collision was particularly scary, as he went on injured reserve in 2009 with a neck injury. He lay motionless for several minutes after the hit. With both teams on the field and gravely concerned, Hobbs tried to get up, but was told to stay down by coaches and medical staff. As he was strapped into a gurney and carted off, the cornerback flashed two thumbs up to an appreciative crowd. We'll let you know the severity of Hobbs' injury as details unfold, but suffice it to say he's done for the night.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 10:29:00 PM

Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs (hip) has been ruled out for Week 10.

Hobbs has tried to power through his hip flexor the past few weeks, but he's been ineffective. Dimitri Patterson has played well with Hobbs sidelined, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Patterson stick on as a starter even when Hobbs returns to 100 percent.
Sat, Nov 13, 2010 01:17:00 PM

Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs (hip) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, but coach Andy Reid said it would be "a stretch" to think Hobbs could play in Week 10.

Hobbs has tried to play through a hip flexor injury for a couple weeks but has been ineffective. He might not have his starting job waiting for him when he's healthy enough to play, as Dimitri Patterson filled in well for him last week.
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 11:57:00 AM

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