Q&A: Curtis Lofton recovering from offseason knee surgeries

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the season, passing for almost 400 yards against the Falcons. (Associated Press).

Eli Manning couldn't run from "The Police" back in 2009. (Associated Press).

BIRDLANDWes Durham and Dave Archer, the Falcons’ fine radio announcers, like to refer to linebacker Curtis Lofton as “The Police.”

He has the nickname because of his uniform number, 50. One of the nicknames for the police is 5-0 as in the old television show, Hawaii 5-0. Durham and Archer have concluded that “teams can’t run from the Police.”

Lofton has racked up 345 tackles in his first three seasons in the league. Last season, Lofton appeared headed for the Pro Bowl last season before he slowed somewhat down the stretch while playing hurt.

After the season, he had surgery on both knees.

Lofton spent part of his rehab time working on his upper body strength and is now getting his legs back in shape.  Before going through seven-on-seven drills, Lofton recently chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Q: How has your offseason been?

A: The offseason has been pretty busy for me. I had a couple of surgeries done. I’ve been rehabbing and coming back from the those. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. Working out and getting ready for when the lockout is [over] with.

Starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had both of his knees scoped this offseason. He moved around well at the minicamp practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton had both of his knees scoped this offseason. He moved around well at the minicamp practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

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.

Q: Is this the first time doing drills with the offense?

A: It’s the first time, so we’ll what happens. Everyone is just excited to get back to it and are ready to get it going.

Q: What’s your take on these type of workouts that several teams are doing now?

A: This is very important because the OTAs is when you get the team chemistry. That’s when guys get closer. We have to do this. No one is making us do it right now. We have something special with this team. We just have to keep working and hopefully get into the championship this season.

Could Curtis Lofton and Sean Weatherspoon be the Falcons' linebackers in ther 4-2-5 nickel package. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Curtis Lofton is recovering from two knee surgeries. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Q: What did you think of the Falcons draft?

A: They have been talking all off season about how they wanted to get more explosive. Julio (Jones) was one of the most explosive players in the draft. He’s going to help out the offense because you just can’t double team Roddy [White.] Or double team Tony [Gonzalez.] Then you have to handle Michael Turner, so it makes our offense more powerful. We got a backup linebacker in (Akeem) Dent and maybe an outside linebacker.

Q: What’s your take on Cam Newton coming into the division?

A: Cam Newton is a very athletic quarterback. It doesn’t bode very well for him, not being able to go through OTAs and these minicamps and stuff. It’s a lot and they are going to have to cut the playbook down. As a defensive guy, I kind of enjoy that. It kind of gives us the advantage. He’s going to bring a lot of athleticism to Carolina’s offense.

Q: How much can you do in these drills?

A: I’m just going to come out and do a little running. I’ll see how it goes. It’s still early and I’m not going to push myself too hard.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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30 comments Add your comment


May 16th, 2011
5:27 am

Maybe the fans should start screaming PO-lice when he makes a play.


May 16th, 2011
5:29 am

Nice read D’led. Glad Lofton got the legs fixed during the off season so he can play like we ALL know he can this year. Another TEAM player that’s willing to do what it takes to win.


May 16th, 2011
5:40 am

Enter your comments here


May 16th, 2011
5:41 am

D’led when are you going to interview Smitty and get his take on our players working out?


May 16th, 2011
5:45 am

whats the story on these 7 on 7 drills D Led. I didn’t think they were doing much but timing and conditioning


May 16th, 2011
5:47 am

Is Dent practicing in the 7 on 7s?


May 16th, 2011
6:31 am

D-led, do you see his injury as one of the factors in the falcons selecting Akeem Dent. Do you think Dent will be Loftons back up or will he play outside and use Wire or Adkins in the middle.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 16th, 2011
7:11 am

ToccoaBird – He can’t talk about he players. Yes, Dent is working out with the players.

Lanier — Here’s the story on the 7 on 7s — http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/locked-out-falcons-open-941738.html

– Dent is the backup middle linebacker and core special teams player. He will learn the outside spots, too. I think wanting better depth at the position was more of a factor than the injury.


May 16th, 2011
7:47 am

Are the OL free agents @ the workouts?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 16th, 2011
8:37 am

McNasty — They were not there last Tuesday.


May 16th, 2011
9:06 am

I’m pretty sure that Sean Weatherspoon came up with that nickname – and it’s a damn good one, too!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 16th, 2011
9:13 am

Tom — It certainly could have come from Spoon.


May 16th, 2011
9:43 am

Sure am glad they picked up Dent to give him some help in the middle.


May 16th, 2011
9:44 am

DLed, I have a theory on the drafting of Akeem Dent. Everyone has said that we didn’t really need him because we needed an outside LB, but, do you think that there is a possibility that Robert James or Spencer Adkins could be ready to compete for that spot? Dent would then be depth for all 3 positions. Also, I think we will still keep Nicholas or Peterson, one or the other.

wind, rain, oil, FALCONS

May 16th, 2011
11:32 am

I prefer 50 Cent.


May 16th, 2011
11:58 am

Not me man, 50 cent is only half. I want 100 percent from the players. Just saying¡¡


May 16th, 2011
12:00 pm

The “Police” is one of the best linbacker in the football.. he works hard and he is tough. This guy and Dent are going too be hell this season with “Spoon” . I think the falcons finally got quick, active , linebackers that can cover the middle of the field

steve brown

May 16th, 2011
12:41 pm

Operations on both knees does not bode well for his future. Why didn’t you ask what the injuries were?

Jesse Tuggle

May 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

Bad Boys Bad Boys whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do when he comes for you!!!!


May 16th, 2011
2:30 pm

steve, the article says he got his knees “scoped” probably meaning arthroscopic knee surgery, which is a minor surgery that uses a small scope camera to go inside your knee and fix small injuries and tears. It’s more of a proactive approach to making sure he stays healthy and can move better, but lit is still surgery.


May 16th, 2011
2:52 pm

This guy is the closest we’ve come to replacing Jesse Tuggle. That’s a great nickname by the way.


May 16th, 2011
4:09 pm

Any word or guess at what undrafted free agents the team may be looking to bring in?
Or what positions they might target?

Original 1966 fan

May 16th, 2011
4:26 pm

So do we call the other linebackers, primarily Mike Pete and Spoon, “The Racket Squad” for their propensity for on-field chatter?


May 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

win rain oil……you prefer 50 cent to what? To 25 cents? What the heck are you talking about?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 16th, 2011
5:29 pm

Mystikal — All I’ve heard about is a QB. But I would think there will be some DBs, LBs and OLs in the group for sure.

Falcons Chic

May 16th, 2011
7:10 pm

OK, maybe if someone gave us some context/Cliff Notes as to what most of these players or groups of players are called, then we wouldn’t be so lost. I don’t mean to put the onus on D-Led, but I’d certainly find some digital gratitude.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 16th, 2011
8:42 pm

Falcons Chic — Not really sure what you are asking for?


May 17th, 2011
1:03 am

I prefer the term ONE TIME over 50

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Jacob Rhodes

May 20th, 2011
10:16 am

As far as nicknames go, “The Police” ranks right up there with “Refrigerator” Perry in my opinion.