METAIRIE, La. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton walked to his locker in the New Orleans Saints' locker room and, upon turning around, noticed he was surrounded by a gaggle of recorders, microphones and TV cameras.

Then he definitively shot down any theories that his ankle was hurt enough to keep him out of Sunday's curtain raiser against the Washington Redskins.

'I'm playing,' Lofton said. 'I'll be out there. Today was an extra day so I just another day of rest for us. But as of Wednesday, I'm ready to go.'

Lofton hurt his left ankle early in the Saints' third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He wasn't alone in getting injured in that game. Linebacker Chris Chamberlain tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and linebacker David Hawthorne tore the meniscus in his left knee.

While Chamberlain went on injured reserve, Hawthorne had surgery to clean up his knee.

Hawthorne hopes to be back and ready to go Sunday.

'I hope so, I hope so,' Hawthorne said. 'The trainers are really monitoring it and see if it's ready. If it is, I'm going for sure. It it's not, (I'm) going to sit down.'

Though the coaching staff wasn't required to issue an injury report Monday, Hawthorne said he went through practice.

Meanwhile, receiver Adrian Arrington echoed Lofton's belief in his readiness to play. Arrington has missed every practice since the Aug. 5 Hall of Fame game with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

'I'm healthy. I practiced,' Arrington said. 'I did everything today. It's only been a little over three weeks. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm definitely good enough to be able to play.'

Arrington, who said he conditioned himself last week to return to practice by Monday, was kept on the roster in spite of little from this year for the coaching staff to go on. The receiver said he feels like the coaching staff saw his potential.

'They already knew the things that I could do but just kind of reinforced the things I could do those first couple of weeks,' Arrington said. 'It kind of reminded them, I'd say, of that. And it obviously gave them the confidence in me that hey, we need this guy on this team.'

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