Saints LBs Hawthorne, Casillas ruled out of Sunday’s game

Saints weakside linebacker David Hawthorne, who returned for the season opener after having arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, will not play Sunday at Green Bay because of a hamstring injury.

Hawthorne pulled his right hamstring in the first half of last Sunday’s game with the Kansas City Chiefs and was ruled out Friday by interim coach Aaron Kromer after missing practice for a third straight day.

Also out will be linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who would have probably taken Hawthorne’s spot in the starting lineup. Casillas suffered a neck injury against the Chiefs and did not participate in practice this week.

As of Friday, the Saints had only four healthy linebackers on the active roster — Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle, Will Herring and Barrett Ruud. Ramon Humber is eligible to return after serving a three-game NFL suspension, however, and could be activated as late as Saturday.

Here is the final injury report for the game provided Friday by Kromer and Packers coach Mike McCarthy:


OUT: LB David Hawthorne (hamstring), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), DE Turk McBride (ankle).


OUT: S Sean Richardson (hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE: CB Davon House (shoulder).

PROBABLE: T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Greg Jennings (groin), RB James Starks (toe), TE Tom Crabtree (shoulder), DE Jerel Worthy (shoulder), LB James Lattimore (ankle).

Richardson did not practice Friday, while House and Jennings were limited. All of the other players on the injury report had full participation in practice.