The Saints have serious depth issues at linebacker. It was reported Monday that Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne are battling injuries that are expected to keep them out for the remainder of the preseason. Chris Chamberlain tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Friday's 27-24 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ramon Humber had been slated to serve as the starting middle linebacker while Lofton is out, though Humber is suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Jonathan Vilma is appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the "bounty" scandal.