Feb 232011
Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs

Free agent CB Ellis Hobbs not retiring yet

By Justin Adkins:

It looks like the season- or even career-threatening concerns over Winston Justice’s knee surgery were largely unfounded. 

The Eagles have announced that Justice underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of the knee on Tuesday (Trent Cole recently underwent the same procedure on his elbow).  The surgery was performed by the renowned Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.

So yeah, all that stuff about Justice possibly missing the 2011 season due to microfracture surgery?  Go ahead and forget that. 

Unless of course the Eagles are lying again.  Or they decide to drop him this offseason anyway.

Hobbs not necessarily retiring

Eagles free agent cornerback Ellis Hobbs has experienced two different neck injuries that have ended his past two seasons, and many assumed he would be forced to retire.  In fact, multiple reports surfaced this past weekend that apparently confirmed Hobbs would indeed be hanging up the spikes and pads.

But not so fast.

When asked by a reporter yesterday about the retirement reports, Hobbs made it clear that no decision had been made on his future.

“No!” Hobbs exclaimed, “I haven’t done anything. I’m just relaxing.”

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not retiring.  It’s likely Hobbs isn’t willing to admit the inevitable.  He’s also probably hoping a team could be willing to give him a shot at a comeback, albeit at a greatly reduced rate. 

Even when healthy, Hobbs isn’t Asante Samuel so he shouldn’t expect to have his door huffed and puffed at.  He’s barely Joselio Hanson.  It’s telling that even with their ridiculously thin situation at corner the Eagles have made no attempt to bring Hobbs back, even on a prove-it deal.  That could change once the offseason gets under way (eventually), but for now expect the Eagles to look at other options. 

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