Cornerback Ellis Hobbs underwent a successful anterior cervical decompression and fusion for a herniated disc on Monday. The procedure was performed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia by Dr. Alexander R. Vaccaro.
Per a release sent out by the team, Hobbs is expected to make a full recovery and return to the field next season. Hobbs was placed on the Injured Reserve list by the Eagles on Nov. 11 after suffering a neck injury three days earlier in a Sunday night game vs. Dallas.
Hobbs was acquired by the Eagles during this year's draft in a trade with the New England Patriots. A third-round pick in 2005 out of Iowa State, Hobbs has started 49 games in his career. He is an outstanding kickoff returner averaging 27.3 yards per return during his career as well as three touchdowns.
He played in eight games this season and was the team's primary kickoff returner averaging 24.1 yards per return. He also rotated in as a reserve outside cornerback on defense. This is the final year of his rookie contract. Absent a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Hobbs is a restricted free agent in the off-season.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:11 p.m., December 7