Saints Hawthorne out for Bucs; Graham and Vilma question marks


July 29, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) is pursued by linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) during the first day of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

After Friday’s practice, New Orleans Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer gave the news that one player will definitely not be suiting up for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while two other playmakers are questionable.

Linebacker David Hawthorne will miss a third consecutive game due to a right hamstring injury that has been problematic to say the least.  He has also dealt with a knee injury that involved surgery in the preseason.

The signing of Hawthorne during the offseason was a much anticipated move to help shore up the Saints linebacker position but due to injuries, his impact has been minimal at best.

Speaking of linebackers, Jonathan Vilma may see some action if he is activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list and bring a boost to the position.  Vilma has reportedly looked very good after not playing since January and nursing a knee injury.

No word has been given yet on if Vilma will play but Kromer did say that the coaching staff would get together and decide if the veteran linebacker will make his official return to the field.

Tight end Jimmy Graham practiced again on a limited basis and was officially listed as questionable.  The severity of his ankle injury is unknown and Graham, who the Saints could definitely use, will likely be a gametime decision.