David Hawthorne LB NO 2 Months

Hawthorne recorded 83 tackles (52 solo), one interception and three sacks - all of which came in Week 15 - in 12 games this season.

Hawthorne has proven to be a capable tackler, although he offers little in terms of ancillary fantasy stats. The biggest knock on Hawthorne, however, is his ability to stay healthy, as he's missed nine games over his last three years in New Orleans. Hawthorne is due $4.5 million and salary cap and bonuses, with a cap cost of $6 million, in 2015, meaning he's likely to be released if he doesn't agree to a significant pay cut, given the Saints' drastic salary-cap restraints.

David Hawthorne LB NO 3 Months

Hawthorne (hip) had five tackles (all solo) and three sacks in Monday's win against the Bears.

Hawthorne isn't known as much of a blitzer, but the Saints unleashed him against a shaky Bears' offensive line, leading to impressive results. While Hawthorne continues to be a dependable fantasy commodity as a solid source of tackles, it's probably best to view his sack-happy outburst as an anomaly, as Monday's sacks were his first of the season and now make up one-fourth of his career total of 12. Still, if defensive coordinator Rob Ryan releases Hawthorne again, he will have an extremely favorable Week 16 matchup against a leaky Falcons' offensive line.

David Hawthorne LB NO 3 Months

Hawthorne made ten tackles (all solo) in Sunday's win against the Steelers.

When healthy, Hawthorne has been a solid source of tackles for the Saints, recording 56 stops in eight games. He's been healthy enough to suit up for New Orleans the last three weeks, and as a result, he should continue to be a viable IDP option for owners in need of tackles, even if he offers little else in the way of ancillary stats.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Months

Hawthorne (hand) is listed as active Sunday versus the Bengals, the Saints' official site reports.

After a two-game stay on the sideline, Hawthorne is present in case Curtis Lofton (knee) is unable to handle his typical workload. However, because his potential usage remains up in the air, Hawthorne's IDP prospects are in a precarious state.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Months

Hawthorne (hand) is probable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Hawthorne's return is well-timed, as New Orleans might need him to serve as the lead linebacker if Curtis Lofton (ankle) isn't able to play.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Months

Hawthorne (hand) is out for Sunday's game against San Francisco.

With Hawthorne out again, the Saints figure to keep leaning on Ramon Humber as the second inside linebacker next to lead man Curtis Lofton.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Months

Hawthorne (hand) won't play Thursday against the Panthers, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

As a result, Ramon Humber will take Hawthorne's spot in the Saints' lineup Thursday, with Todd Davis also having been added from the practice squad to bolster the team's Week 9 linebacker depth.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Months

Hawthorne made seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Hawthorne quietly continues to produce at linebacker for New Orleans, as his 30 tackles on the season are second on the team, despite having only played five games. Hawthorne is unlikely to offer much in the turnover or sack departments, but he's a stable IDP option due to his proficient tackling.

David Hawthorne LB NO 5 Months

Hawthorne (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, the Saints' official site reports.

Before an ankle injury resulted in back-to-back absences, Hawthorne wrangled 17 tackles (10 solo) in the season's initial two weeks. Such production should be pounced upon in IDP formats, if the linebacker is available.

David Hawthorne LB NO 5 Months

Hawthorne (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Hawthorne's return is a welcome one for New Orleans, especially after getting run over by DeMarco Murray a week ago. He's probably in LB3 territory in most IDP formats.