It all makes a little more sense now.
Ellis Hobbs was hurt. His strained hip flexor hampered him enough that Britt kept getting open and catching touchdowns. Britt’s 225 receiving yards set an all-time record for an Eagles opponent.
So why did Hobbs stay in the game, and did Andy Reid know his starting right cornerback was slowed by injury?
On Wednesday Hobbs confirmed he kept the injury to himself and played through it. Reid says he only later learned about the issue.
“After the game it tightened up and then progressively got worse as it went on,” Reid said. “As you go back and look at the tape you could see where it was affecting him.”
Hobbs said he decided not to tell coaches about the injury because he thought he could play through it. He couldn’t, at least not effectively. Even after the Titans game, the 27-year-old was mum on the injury.
“To say those things is a cop-out,” Hobbs said, according to Philly.com. “I’m taking my bumps and bruises like any other man. What [Britt] did on the field, I don’t want to take away from any of that... bad game, regardless of [if] I’m hurt and this and that.
Nobody awards people for being hurt and playing sorry... no one cares.”
But teammates, coaches and fans do care about production.
“You’re dealing with a very tough individual,” Reid said when asked about Hobbs. “He’s very quiet and doesn’t say much... he’s a tough nut and a very good football player. We want to make sure that he gets back and gets ready.”
In watching tape of the Britt show, Birds rookie safety Nate Allen also appeared to be victimized.
“I didn’t know anything about [the injury],” Allen said. “But that’s how Ellis is. He’s a competitor; he was hurt and kept playing through it.”
Reid said Hobbs is day-to-day with the injury, but will struggle to play this Sunday when Peyton Manning and the Colts come to Philly. Dimitri Patterson is expected to start at right corner.
“Patterson is starting because of [Hobbs’] hip flexor,” Reid said.
Big Red was asked if Hobbs will get his job back when healthy. “Yeah, we’ll just have to wait and see how he does. I can’t tell you when that is; we’ll just see how things work out here.”
“We have a lot of confidence in Dimitri,” Allen said. “He’s a play-maker; he’s going to do great.”