David Hawthorne LB NO 4 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 6 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 8 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.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 29 '12

Saints WLB David Hawthorne (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Hawthorne pulled his hamstring in the first half of last week's loss to the Chiefs. Hawthorne's backup Jonathan Casillas (neck) has also been ruled out, leaving the Saints with a depleted LB corps of just Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle, Will Herring and Barrett Ruud. Ramon Humber is eligible to return after serving a three-game NFL suspension, however, and could be activated as late as Saturday.

David Hawthorne LB NO Sep 23 '12

Saints SLB David Hawthorne left Sunday's Week 3 game versus the Chiefs with an apparent knee injury.

There's no word on the severity. Hawthorne underwent meniscus surgery a month ago. He's sporting a wrap on his knee while Jonathan Casillas takes over on the strong side.

David Hawthorne LB NO Aug 20 '12

Saints MLB David Hawthorne has undergone meniscus surgery, and is uncertain for Week 1.

Saints interim coach Joe Vitt also revealed at his Monday presser that fellow LB Curtis Lofton is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Hawthorne tore his meniscus in Friday's preseason tilt with the Jaguars, but initially stayed in the game. Neither player is likely to play in New Orleans' final two preseason games, but Vitt believes Lofton will be ready for Week 1. He refused to provide a timeline for Hawthorne's return, but said he was optimistic about his recovery. The bad injury news comes just two days after the Saints lost top-reserve LB Chris Chamberlain for the season.