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Saints LBs Lofton, Hawthorne hurt

Updated: August 20, 2012, 10:58 PM ET
Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. -- Linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne represented two of the Saints' most important acquisitions in free agency and quickly took over starting roles in their first preseason with New Orleans.

Now both are injured -- Lofton with a high ankle sprain and Hawthorne with torn cartilage in his knee -- and it is unclear if either will be ready to return when New Orleans opens the regular season Sept. 9 against Washington.

"We certainly think Curtis is going to be ...

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