METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton walked through the locker room Tuesday when he was spotted by a herd of reporters.
Approached at first from his right flank, Lofton, who has sat out the past two days with a high ankle sprain, smiled and joked that he had to ask to see if he could speak.
And then the injured starting middle linebacker said what all Saints fans were hoping to hear – “I’m feeling good,” Lofton said. “Just doing what I’m told. Just taking care of it. It’s still preseason so it’s still early. But once Week 1 rolls around, I’ll be ready to go.”
Lofton said he injured his ankle early in Friday night’s preseason game against Jacksonville. He still played about 25 more snaps before his night ended.
The linebacker said he had a similar injury in the final three games of 2011 but played through it.
Still, there’s frustration that early in his tenure with his new team, he’s already missing time.
“It’s just disappointing,” Lofton said. “You put in all the work in the offseason. Preseason is almost done and you get hurt with an injury like this and it sets you back. Just staying positive. I know in the long run I’ll be out there. I haven’t missed a game in my entire career and don’t plan on missing any yet.”