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Hobbs Sets Record Straight

Cornerback Ellis Hobbs will not practice on Wednesday because of a hip flexor strain. It remains to be seen whether Hobbs will play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a team that he faced many times as a member of the New England Patriots.

Hobbs did not practice on Monday as he visited a doctor. Hobbs explained that he's "day to day," but has not yet received information from the doctor that he needs before he can return. Hobbs said that he's been battling this issue for "a while," but wouldn't get into more specifics saying "that's personal right now."

When it was revealed on Monday that Dimitri Patterson took the reps at right cornerback, it was assumed that it was because of Hobbs' performance against the Tennessee Titans. Wide receiver Kenny Britt had 225 receiving yards and three touchdowns and Hobbs was responsible for some of the big plays. Apparently, that assumption is wrong. Hobbs has said that head coach Andy Reid is giving him whatever time he needs to handle his personal business before he returns to the field.

"Andy showed me that he's a stand-up guy. He showed me he cares about his players," Hobbs said. "Right now, I'm out of practice. I'm not doing much right now. I'm just relaxing and getting my mind right. This is a long season, quit trying to burn yourself out. Quit trying to kill yourself, literally. If something's wrong and it's that dire of need, get it taken care of."

Hobbs explained that he didn't seek treatment earlier or take himself out of that Titans game because he felt he could play. He didn't even discuss the injury following the game because he didn't want to use it as an excuse.

"To say those things is a cop out. That's why I'm taking my bumps and bruises like any other man," Hobbs said. "What (Britt) did on the field, I don't want to take anything away from that as far as my opponent. Bad game, regardless if I'm hurt this and that, nobody awards people for being hurt and playing sorry. That's the bottom line."

Every player in the NFL is going to have a bad game at some point and Hobbs admitted that his bad game came against the Titans. However, Hobbs believes that his play since the start of the season shouldn't merit a loss in playing time just because of that one subpar performance.

"That's what I really want you guys to look at. Go back in the film from the earlier games and then compare it to that game," Hobbs said. "You tell me if there isn't a big difference. My coaches recognize that."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:43 p.m., November 3

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