Cornerback Ellis Hobbs suffered a herniated disc in his neck during the battle with the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field in early November which resulted in season-ending surgery.
One of the many NFL players who will only be a restricted free agent because of the uncapped year – barring a last-minute change, Hobbs discussed his potential return to the Eagles in 2010 and where he is at in the recovery from his injury in an extensive interview with Scout.com's Adam Caplan, a frequent contributor on Eagles Live!
Hobbs told Caplan that he underwent surgery in December and that during the procedure the disc was taken out of his neck and replaced with a minimal amount of bone.
Now, Hobbs said that "there is no injury anymore."
"I'm lifting and running, everything I would normally do. But they want me to gradually go through the process. I'm doing more aerobics, more body stretching. Fortunately, I wouldn't be doing a lot physical stuff now, anyway. That comes in May."
Hobbs did not state whether he would be ready for the post-draft mini-camp.
A third-round pick of the Patriots in 2005, the Eagles acquired him via trade during the draft last year for a pair of picks. Hobbs has started 49 games in his career including all 16 regular season games in 2007 for the undefeated Patriots. In 2009, Hobbs was a valuable third outside cornerback who came in relief of either Asante Samuel, his former teammate in New England, and Sheldon Brown. One of the most dynamic kickoff return men in the league, Hobbs averaged 24.1 yards per return and had a touchdown nullified by a penalty. The kickoff return game struggled after Hobbs' injury.
Hobbs told Caplan that he hopes to have a chance to contend for a starting job with the Eagles in 2010, assuming he is tendered and returns to the team.
"There's no question that my record speaks for itself. I've started a lot of games in my career. If I'm given a crack, I'll blow it wide open," Hobbs said. "But will I be given a chance? My effort and professionalism is probably a plus. But I know it's a business, so I have to earn what I get."
Spending last year with the Eagles, Hobbs said that he enjoyed the "controlled chaos" of the defensive scheme as well as being around a championship contender.
"I want to win, I don't want to be around a losing mentality," Hobbs said. "Obviously with the Eagles, they are a winning organization."
For more on his road to recovery, check out the entire interview here.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:57 a.m., March 3