Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. New Orleans Saints receiver Adrian Arrington awoke on Friday, Aug. 3 and knew there was something wrong with his right knee.

But he still practiced. Hours later, an MRI revealed the pain was far from normal.

Arrington, a fourth-year receiver, had a tear in the meniscus cartilage of his right knee. A second opinion confirmed the injury and 'the best thing to do was go have surgery.'

And in a training camp that was as important as he has had since coming to New Orleans, missing time is a big deal.

'It's always important to be out there,' Arrington said Monday, the first time he has spoken since the surgery. 'But I think I've been out there enough the past few years where they know the things I can do. Now it's just a matter of getting healthy.'

Arrington was having a standout training camp before the injury happened, appearing to the front-runner for the No. 4 receiving position behind Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson.

In his current state, he's trying to be as supportive as he can be for those vying for a roster spot.

'It's frustrating to not be out there but I'm also excited for those guys,' Arrington said. 'Those are young guys who are competing for a job. I was competing for a job with them. I'm still competing for a job with them. I like to see everybody go out there and do well.'

Meanwhile, his return is still weeks in the future. Arrington said he has yet to be able to get into the pool to start working on his knee.

He hopes to return by the Sept. 9 season opener against Washington.

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