The Philadelphia Eagles lost control of the NFC East on Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys, and now they’ve taken a real blow in the secondary as they prepare to travel across the country to face Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.
Cornerback Ellis Hobbs has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury, and insult was added to injury when nickel back Joselio Hanson was suspended four games by the NFL for violation of the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
Hanson has claimed to have tested positive for a diuretic after the Eagles lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game. Diuretics can be used to mask the use of steroids. Attorney David Cornwell said Hanson took a pill that turned out to be a diuretic after eating Chinese food because he felt bloated.
Hobbs will require surgery, and coach Andy Reid said the hope is he will return to full strength next season.
Hanson is eligible to return in Week 14 on Dec. 13 when the Eagles face the New York Giants.
“I’m just going to say the NFL don’t treat players the same,’’ Hanson told the Wilmington News Journal.
Minnesota’s Kevin Williams and Pat Williams and New Orleans’ Charles Grant and Will Smith are still appealing suspensions for taking StarCaps. Hanson lost an appeal that tried to use the case involving the others as support.
The Eagles signed Ramzee Robinson, a free-agent cornerback, and promoted another cornerback, Jack Ikegwuonu, from their practice squad.
The Eagles travel to play the Bears after meeting the Chargers. They’ve lost to Chicago the last two seasons.
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