According to a report from Fox Sports, former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs is expected to retire. Hobbs, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last two seasons, suffered two serious neck injuries within the span of a year, the latest coming while returning a kick against the Giants on Nov. 21.
CSN Philly reported in early December that Hobbs was ready to retire, but he would not make an official announcement.
The Patriots selected Hobbs in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played four seasons for the Patriots and set the NFL record for longest kickoff return in 2007 (108 yards). Hobbs was traded to the Philadelphia before the 2009 season for two fifth-round picks.