Saints linebacker David Hawthorne becoming a constant presence on injury list


September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Redskins defeated the Saints 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

When the New Orleans Saints signed David Hawthorne during free agency, spirits were high that the team had finally found someone to play the weakside linebacker position the way to was supposed to be.

Jonathan Casillas did well at the position but was often injured and Will Herring hasn’t been much of an upgrade either simply due his performance and injuries last season as well.

Chris Chamberlain was meant to be another main player at weakside but was lost to an ACL injury during preseason.  The stage was set for Hawthorne to take over but now he finds himself on the injury list as much as the others.

When Chamberlain was lost during the preseason during the Jacksonville Jaguars game, Hawthorne suffered a meniscus tear and had to have surgery to repair it.  He reemerged for Week 1 and lasted until Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hawthorne had to exit the game due to a second knee injury and since then has been on the injury reports with a right hamstring injury.  Even with the bye week and being inactive for the past two games, he did not participate in practice today and his status is uncertain for Sunday.

Needless to say, the investment that the Saints have put into Hawthorne doesn’t look like it’s getting much in the way of a return and the excitement surrounding his arrival has begun to fizzle as well.

If Hawthorne is unable to return to the active roster for this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then Casillas who is returning from a neck injury should hopefully be ready to fill in.