Saints LB David Hawthorne Has Knee Surgery, Uncertain For Week 1: Fantasy Implications

August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Saints' linebacker unit suffers another blow with David Hawthorne undergoing surgery. We break down the fantasy implications.

Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune has reported that New Orleans Saints OLB David Hawthorne has undergone surgery on the torn meniscus he suffered in Friday's preseason game, and is expected to be out for a couple weeks. This puts him out for the rest of the preseason and makes him a question mark for the regular season opener. Interim coach Joe Vitt has not indicated whether he would be ready by then.

Analysis: The Saints' already-thin LB depth takes another hit, with Curtis Lofton also out with a high ankle sprain, Chris Chamberlain missing the entire season with a torn ACL, and Jonathan Vilma sitting out with a suspension over something you may have heard of. Hawthorne led the Seahawks in tackles last season, and was signed to bring a steady presence to this unit that was ravaged over the offseason. If you're starting this defense in your fantasy league, something has gone horribly wrong.

For more on the Saints, check out Canal Street Chronicles.

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