Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
After trading for former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs on draft day, it looked like the Eagles would have quality depth at that position. With All-Pro Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown and Joselio Hanson returning for the '09 season, it looked like a pretty talented group.
But on Wednesday, the Eagles placed Hobbs on injured reserve with a neck injury and Hanson was suspended for four games by the NFL for using a banned substance. Now the Eagles will face Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his talented group of wide receivers and tight ends without some key players in the secondary.
Coach Andy Reid acknowledged that the Eagles might promote cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu from their practice squad to help provide depth. Right now, it's unclear who would be the nickel corner against the Chargers. Ramzee Robinson played in 13 games for the Lions last season, but that was mostly on special teams.
In other injury news, running back Brian Westbrook didn't practice Wednesday, but Reid said he'd be ready to go Thursday. The Eagles practiced indoors and Reid doesn't like to have Westbrook run on the hard surface.
Starting linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee), left tackle Jason Peters (ankle), fullback Leonard Weaver (ankle) and linebacker Moise Fokou (flu) all missed practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Mike Patterson was limited with a toe injury. The one piece of good news is that Chris Gocong returned to practice after missing the Cowboys game with quad and hamstring injuries.