The New Orleans Saints were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime on Sunday with a final score of 27-24. However, the game was not the only loss that occurred as linebacker David Hawthorne left the game with an apparent knee injury.
The Saints linebacker corps has been dealing with injuries since preseason but as of late we have not heard of any injuries, until Hawthorne. Hawthorne was on off-season pickup for the Saints and was the starting right linebacker but with Hawthorne expected to miss some time linebacker Jonathan Casillas will fill-in on the strong side.
Hawthorne had meniscus surgery on his knee about a month ago so there is some concern of how severe his injury is. Through three games Hawthorne has recorded nine tackles and may have still been on the mend from his knee surgery. It is still unclear how severe his knee injury is but he was wearing a wrap on his knee and that is a good sign for his recovery.
Hopefully Hawthorne’s injury is not too serious and he will be able to return quickly. However, Casillas is more than capable to replace Hawthorne until he comes back. Casillas has had decent production for the Saints and through three games he has recorded 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.
If Hawthorne’s injury proves to be serious he will likely miss week four’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Furthermore, the Saints should probably rest Hawthorne anyway and start Casillas as he has been playing well for them as the back-up right linebacker.