David Hawthorne LB NO 18 Hrs

Hawthorne (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice, the Saints' official site reports.

Hawthorne returned to practice in a limited capacity last Friday, yet the linebacker logged a second consecutive absence due to an ankle injury. If he's able to keep up his current level of activity, his first appearance since Week 2 could come to pass. When active, he's displayed the ability to rack up tackles, with three 100-tackle campaigns in six seasons to date.

David Hawthorne LB NO 4 Days

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

Hawthorne will miss a second straight game, despite making it back to practice on a limited basis at the end of the week. Ramon Humber figures to get another start, after recording just three tackles (solo) in Hawthorne's stead last week. Hawthorne has 17 tackles (10 solo) in two games.

David Hawthorne LB NO 6 Days

Hawthorne (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas.

Hawthorne missed last week's game against the Vikings, but he was able to log a limited practice heading into this weekend. The Saints could use him back against a Dallas team that has given DeMarco Murray lots of carries in the first three weeks.

David Hawthorne LB NO 13 Days

Hawthorne (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

With Hawthorne out, Ramon Humber appears to be next in line at inside linebacker for the Saints.

David Hawthorne LB NO 15 Days

Hawthorne (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.

With 17 tackles (10 solo) through two games, Hawthorne is on pace to reach triple digits in the category for the first time since 2011. However, an ankle injury is endangering his availability heading into Sunday's outing versus the Vikings.

David Hawthorne LB NO 17 Days

Hawthorne made nine tackles (four solo) in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Hawthorne also recorded eight tackles in the Saints' season-opening loss to the Falcons. Though he's unlikely to ever post gaudy stats, Hawthorne should continue to be a dependable source of tackles as long as he continues to start at inside linebacker for the Saints.

David Hawthorne LB NO Feb 27 '13

The Saints restructured ILB David Hawthorne's contract, turning his $3 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

The move allows the $3 million to be pro-rated over the final four years of Hawthorne's deal instead of going exclusively on the 2013 cap. It frees up $2.05 million in cap space. Hawthorne will move from weak-side to inside linebacker in the Saints' new 3-4 defense. He's not likely to be a strong IDP option.

David Hawthorne LB NO Oct 27 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) will be a game time decision for Week 8.

Hawthorne returned to practice for the first time this week on a limited basis after tearing his hamstring in the Saints' Week 3 loss to the Chiefs. If he does play, he'll likely split time with Jonathan Vilma. Without an every-down role, neither player can be trusted this week in IDP leagues.

David Hawthorne LB NO Oct 24 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

Hawthorne has been sidelined since Week 3. If he's ready to return Sunday, he'll likely split snaps with Jonathan Vilma, who made his 2012 debut in Week 7.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 30 '12

Saints declared WLB David Hawthorne, RB Chris Ivory, DL Turk McBride, LB Jonathan Casillas, CB Elbert Mack, DL Tyrunn Walker and OT Bryce Harris inactive for Week 4 at Green Bay.

Casillas went down with a neck injury after replacing Hawthorne (hamstring) during last week's game. Career backup Will Herring will start along with veterans Scott Shanle and Curtis Lofton. Ivory is a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game.