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Curtis Lofton and Keenan Lewis miss another Saints practice

The Saints could be without two of their top defenders Sunday when they host the Bengals.

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

While the Cincinnati Bengals were getting mostly bad news on the injury front Thursday, so too were the New Orleans Saints, as they continued to be without starting cornerback Kennan Lewis and starting linebacker Curtis Lofton.

Neither practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday as well, so they both need to practice Friday in some capacity to have a realistic shot of playing Sunday.

Lewis continues to battle a knee injury that forced him to miss part of Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but he continues to say he'll play this week. If Lewis plays, expect him to be covering A.J. Green, so him playing is a pretty big deal.

As for Lofton, it would also be a big loss if he doesn't play, as he leads the team with 82 tackles, an astounding 30 more than the second-place Rafael Bush. Lofton is also tied for the team-lead with five tackles for loss.

Running back Mark Ingram (shoulder) and linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) were limited. Tackle Zach Strief (chest) and punter Thomas Morstead (illness) were full.

Running backs Khiry Robinson (arm), Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), Edwin Baker (concussion) and wide receiver Robert Meachem (ankle) also missed their second straight practice on Thursday.