Hawthorne (hand) was released by the Bills on Tuesday.
The veteran linebacker signed on with the Bills on Aug. 7, but has since fractured his hand, which will result in an extended absence from the field. The Bills decided it would be better to let the 31-year-old linebacker walk than to keep him around while he nurses the injury.
Hawthorne has a fracture in his hand, but isn't expected to miss an extended period of time, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.
Hawthorne appears to have avoided any kind of devastating injury to his hand, according to coach Rex Ryan. The 31-year-old will hope to get back to full health in order to secure his spot on the Bills' roster.
Hawthorne signed a contract with the Bills on Sunday, NFL Agent Jordan Woy reports.
Hawthorne joins the Bills after playing in New Orleans the past four seasons. Last year, he recorded 33 tackles and three forced fumbles while playing in 11 games. Buffalo currently has seven linebackers held out of practice due to injury, which is likely the reason the Bills signed Hawthorne on the same day as they signed fellow linebacker Brandon Spikes. Hawthorne will slide in at inside linebacker and has a decent chance at making the final roster.
Hawthorne did not record a tackle in Thursday's game against the Falcons.
With the return of Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints' lineup, Hawthorne's playing time has dwindled, as he played only three snaps against the Falcons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. So long as Ellerbe is healthy, Hawthorne is not worth owning in IDP leagues.
Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne took a pay cut of $1.25 million for 2015 and $1.75 million for 2016, reports ESPN.com. The 29-year-old had 83 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 12 games last season.
Hawthorne is now scheduled to make $3.25 million this season and $2.25 million in 2016.
The Saints' top pass rusher, outside linebacker Junior Galette, is active for Monday's game at Chicago after being listed as questionable with a neck injury. Galette leads the team with seven sacks.
Also suiting up are left tackle Terron Armstead (neck), linebacker David Hawthorne (hip), defensive end Akiem Hicks (ankle) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (illness).
The Saints have listed linebacker Junior Galette (knee) and tackle Terron Armstead (neck) as questionable for Monday's game against the Bears.
Galette, who has 37 total tackles including 7.0 sacks, practiced Saturday on a limited basis after missing two practices earlier in the week because of the injury.
David Hawthorne (hip), Akiem Hicks (ankle), and Keenan Lewis (illness) are all probable for Monday.
The Saints have listed nine players on its final injury report for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder), Khiry Robinson (arm), Edwin Baker (concussion) were all labeled out. Robert Meachem (ankle), Curtis Lofton (ankle) and Keenan Lewis (knee) were deemed questionable.
Meanwhile, Mark Ingram (shoulder), David Hawthorne (hand) and Zach Strief (chest) were all ruled as probable for Week 11.
The Saints listed the following players as inactive in Week 10 against San Francisco:
Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, David Hawthorne, Robert Meachem, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nick Becton, and Eric Olsen.
The Saints have ruled out Khiry Robinson (arm) and Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) for Sunday's game against the 49ers in Week 10. David Hawthorne (hand) was one of the only other players on New Orleans' final injury report ruled out for Sunday.
Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle) and Mark Ingram (shoulder) were deemed questionable. Kenny Stills (thigh) and Jimmy Graham (shoulder) were labeled probable for the game.
The following players were officially ruled inacitve for the Saints Thursday night against Carolina: Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, Austin Johnson, David Hawthorne, Jonathan Goodwin, Nick Toon and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
The Saints ruled out running back Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder), linebacker David Hawthorne (hand) and fullback Austin Johnson (knee) for Thursday's game at Carolina.
The Saints have released their final injury report prior to Week 5.
Jairus Byrd and Erik Lorig have been ruled out for the contest. The team also made eight players probable. Terron Armstead, Marcus Ball, Jonathan Goodwin, David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton, Patrick Robinson, Benjamin Watson and Corey White should all play.
The Saints declared these players inactive for Sunday night's game at Dallas: running back Mark Ingram (hand), safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), wideout Joe Morgan, defensive back Patrick Robinson (hamstring), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle), linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle, knee) and nose tackle John Jenkins.
The Saints have listed eight players on the final injury report leading up to Week 4 against Dallas. Safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), running back Mark Ingram (hand) and fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) have been officially ruled out for Sunday.
Center Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle, knee), cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) and tight end Benjamin Watson (groin) were all deemed questionable. Meanwhile, inside linebacker Curtis Lofton (shoulder) was the only player on the report labeled probable for Sunday.
As expected, running back Mark Ingram (hand) is on the inactive list issued by the Saints for their Week 3 game against Minnesota. Also out with injuries are safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) and linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle).
The healthy scratches are cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, nose tackle John Jenkins and wide receiver Nick Toon.
The Saints have ruled out four players for Week 3 against the Vikings, after all four were unable to practice Friday.
As expected, running back Mark Ingram headlines the list, after suffering a broken hand that is expected to keep him out up to a month. Additionally, fullback Erik Lorig (ankle), safety Marcus Ball (hamstring) and linebacker David Hawthorne (ankle) have all been ruled out for Sunday's game.
The Saints will be without the following players for Friday's preseason game against the Titans: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Champ Bailey, Rod Sweeting, Erik Lorig, David Hawthorne, Kyle Knox, Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Ty Nsekhe, Victor Butler, John Jenkins, Kenny Stills, Je'Ron Hamm, Patrick Robinson and Jairus Byrd.
Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne can't be blamed for his team's poor defensive performance Sunday in St Louis.
Hawthorne easily led his team with 10 tackles, all solos. He also recorded one of its only four TFLs.
Several Saints are active for Sunday night's game vs. Dallas after being listed on the injury report. They include guard Jahri Evans (hip), linebacker Curtis Lofton (hamstring, ankle), safety Kenny Vaccaro (chest), linebacker David Hawthorne (toe), tight end Josh Hill (foot) and defensive end Tom Johnson (hip).