Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe hoping to leave IR behind and stay on the field _lowres

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe

The Saints will once again be without some linebackers this week.

The team has ruled out Dannell Ellerbe (hip) and David Hawthorne (thigh) for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Rookie linebacker Damian Swann (concussion) will also be out of action.

Not having a full slate of linebackers will once again be an issue, but the team will at least have Hau’oli Kikaha and Ramon Humber available to help cure some of the woes that have afflicted this defense in recent weeks.

Linebacker Stephone Anthony (lower leg), tackle Terron Armstead (knee), Humber (hamstring), running back Mark Ingram (shoulder), Kikaha (ankle) and wide receiver Willie Snead (knee) are listed as probable.