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Saints confident in linebacker depth

3 years 2 months 1 day ago August 19, 2013 Aug 19, 2013 Monday, August 19 2013 August 19, 2013 7:54 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

METAIRIE - Between Jonathan Vilma's latest knee surgery and Curtis Lofton's mysterious absence last week, it's hard to know who might see the most work at inside linebacker in New Orleans' defense this season.

Good thing for the Saints they appear to have solid depth in that area.

Roman Humber and David Hawthorne demonstrated that in last Friday night's preseason game against Oakland.

Coach Sean Payton says both played well and should be preparing themselves for what could be significant roles in certain games this season.

Humber, a fifth-year pro, filled in for Lofton on the strong side and was credited with nine tackles, including a sack and a stop on fourth-and-short.

Hawthorne, in his sixth season, had three tackles while playing Vilma's usual weak side spot.

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