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.
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