The New Orleans Saints and the fans were excited to see the effect that their revamped linebacking corps. After losing Chris Chamberlain for the season Friday night with a torn ACL, there was some scarey news from interim head coach Joe Vitt today on the other starting linebackers.
Vitt announced today that linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne will likely be out for the rest of the preseason and not start until the September 9th game against the Washington Redskins.
Lofton suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rumors circulated after the game that he was seen in a walking boot after the game but couldn’t be confirmed.
Vitt broke the news that Hawthorne suffered a meniscus tear in his knee against the Jaguars and that required surgery. He also stated that the new turf installed in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome may have contributed to injuries and that he should have held practice there prior to the game.
This leaves the Saints vacant at starting positions for the middle(Lofton) and weakside(Hawthorne) linebacker positions. Vitt did say that Ramon Humber will most likely get the start at the middle linebacker spot this Saturday when they play the Houston Texans.