When I heard that Curtis Lofton had off-season knee surgery, my heart took one more step on the road toward cardiac arrest. Thankfully, Lofton seems to be well on his way to recovering, according to an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Atlanta Falcons need their stud middle linebacker to be successful in 2011, and thankfully, Lofton fought through a lot of nagging injuries in 2010. His surgeries were relatively minor in nature. He should be joining Julio Jones in sprinting around on the practice field relatively soon.
In the meantime, Lofton provides reassurance that he hasn't been sitting on his butt and reading great works of philosophy all off-season:
Q: How have your strength and conditioning workouts been going?
A: This is probably the strongest that I’ve ever been because all I had to do was focus on my upper body. Now, it’s time to get these legs back right.
I've little doubt that Lofton will again be one of the more consistent linebackers in the NFL when the season rolls around. In fact, if he's not questionable every single week, he may even be more effective than he was last season.
Either way, this qualifies as more good news in a barren wasteland of an off-season. How are you feeling about it?