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Injury update: Saints’ Stephone Anthony to be back sooner than later

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Sean Payton offered an update on Stephone Anthony, and Anthony tweeted that he’ll be okay.

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton spoke with the media on Saturday afternoon following practice, and gave an update on second-year linebacker Stephone Anthony.

When asked on how serious the injury was, Payton said, “You know I’m not going to ever hit on the injuries. It’s not—we were a little fearful it might be something more than it was, but I think we’ll have him back sooner than later.”

That’s a lot more encouraging than it could have been. However, we’ve heard this type of generic response from Payton before. Anthony did follow suit by sending out a tweet from his personal Twitter account that echoed what Payton said.

The exact extent of his injury is unknown, as it looked to be an ankle/lower leg injury sustained against the New England Patriots in Thursday’s game. Anthony was able to limp off, but was carted to the locker room. It was likely a precaution.

Nathan Stupar has inserted himself as the team’s starting SAM linebacker in Anthony’s absence.