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Former Patriots Cornerback Ellis Hobbs Could Retire After Suffering Another Neck Injury

It appears that the career of former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs could be over following his second neck injury in two years.

The NFL Network is reporting that the Eagles cornerback could decide to retire at the end of this year after he suffered a season-ending neck injury last Monday when the Eagles faced the Giants

Hobbs, 27, left the game in a stretcher after he took helmet-to-helmet contact on a kickoff return to begin the second half. Hobbs was down for about 10 minutes, with members from both teams around him. Hobbs could move all of his extremities and managed to give the fans at Lincoln Financial Field a thumbs-up. 

Hobbs was placed on Injured-Reserve earlier this week, ending his season.

Hobbs was a third round pick by the Patriots in 2005. He went to start alongside Asante Samuel in the Patriots secondary where he was able to record 162 tackles and nine interceptions in his four year career in New England. 

The Patriots traded Hobbs in 2009 to the Eagles for a pair of 5th round picks. Hobbs' career went down from there as he has had a neck injury end both of his season he has had with the Eagles, playing only a total of 16 games. Hobbs has primarily been a kick returner for Philadelphia and has yet to start a game for the Eagles. 

Hobbs has yet to announce if he will have the necessary surgery in order to play next year, or just simply retire, marking an end to his seven year career.