Eagles Sign CB Brandon Hughes, Place Ellis Hobbs on IR

Ellis Hobbs drops into coverage during practice on August 7, 2010. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

Ellis Hobbs was officially placed on injured reserve today, and Brandon Hughes was signed to fill his spot. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

The Eagles signed cornerback Brandon Hughes off of the New York Giants practice squad today and officially placed injured corner Ellis Hobbs on injured reserve.  Hobbs suffered a disc injury in his neck after being hit on the opening kick return of the second half.

Hughes is a second year player out of Oregon State.  The 5’11, 188 pound corner was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft, but never made an active roster.  He becomes the sixth corner on the Eagles active roster.

Hughes was placed on injured reserve in 2009 with a knee injury.  The Giants paid him $110,500 instead of the practice-squad minimum of $88,400 to entice him to leave San Diego, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

In college, Hughes made 43 career starts, tied for the sicth-most in Oregon State history.  He was selected to the All-Pac-10 squad twice and had three career interceptions.

The Eagles could have promoted cornerback Jamar Wall from their own practice squad, but opted instead to bring in Hughes.  Wall was signed to the practice squad on September 30, after being released by the Houston Texans on September 29.  Wall was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys this year, but didn’t make the team.

Wall spent his college time at Texas Tech, where he had nine interceptions in 38 starts.  Wall was a two-time All-Big 12 selection.  He remains on the Birds’ practice squad.

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Topics: Brandon Hughes, Eagles, Ellis Hobbs, Jamar Wall, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

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