"We certainly think Curtis is going to be ready for the first game. The diagnosis on David is encouraging," said Vitt, whom The Associated Press said noted that Hawthorne kept playing in Friday night's preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars even after suffering the injury.
"Our pro personnel people do an outstanding job in acquiring talent for us," Vitt added. "We'll see what talent is available to us on other rosters in potential trades or picking someone up when they're waived, but we're happy with what we have now."
With middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma facing a season-long suspension, the Saints signed Lofton away from the Atlanta Falcons with a five-year, $27.5 million contract in March. Hawthorne was signed to a five-year, $19 million contract in April. Lofton and Hawthorne (Seattle Seahawks) led their previous teams in tackles in each of the last three seasons.