Jonathan Vilma Returns To New Orleans Saints Practice
Jonathan Vilma was able to attend his first practice today for the New Orleans Saints! He was placed on the physically unable to perform list in week 2 due to a lingering knee injury. But he’s back baby!!! Keep reading for details!
Vilma, 30, went on the physically unable to perform list in Week 2 with a lingering left knee problem. He traveled to Germany earlier this year for platelet-rich plasma therapy. Vilma also has contested NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s re-issued season-long bounty program suspension, making him eligible to play until the NFL rules on his appeal later this month.
Interim coach Aaron Kromer said Vilma “looked good” in practice and that he expected the linebacker to come back quickly because of who he is.
“All we can do is see how he practices this week, see how we can work him in, and then make a decision on a weekly basis,” Kromer said.
Judging by comments from Vilma earlier in the week, the ninth-year pro is confident he’ll be on the field Sunday.
“I’ll be allowed to practice, I’ll be allowed to play versus Tampa Bay,” Vilma told WVUE-TV, via ESPN.com.