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Vilma won’t be ready to play for a week or two

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Reinstated Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be relegated to cheerleader status at the Superdome on Sunday.  But what a cheerleader he’ll be.

Like former Saints running back Deuce McAllister during 2009 playoff games that, per the league, were undermined by Vilma-fueled bounties on the opponents’ starting quarterbacks, Vilma will likely lead the team out of the tunnel today.

And soon, he could be doing much more than leading cheers.  ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Vilma is a week or two away from being ready to play, due to a knee injury that at one point during the offseason took him to Germany for treatment.  Thus, with the square-one suspension process possibly taking a month to be fully resolved, Vilma could get to play several games until his suspension begins again.

If his suspension ever begins again.

Regardless of what happens in the future, having Vilma and Will Smith in the building represents a major victory for the Saints, something that can’t ever be taken away — even if the suspensions were to start again on Monday.

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11 Responses to “Vilma won’t be ready to play for a week or two”
  1. timsmooth says: Sep 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    The SAINTS are going to the SUPER BOWL BABY!!!!!!!

  2. tnyfg says: Sep 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    Without Vilma who is going to put up the $$ for the bounties?

  3. maxpowr says: Sep 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    ATTENTION HATERS : leave comments below

  4. kotapug1 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:06 AM

    “Regardless of what happens in the future, having Vilma and Will Smith in the building represents a major victory for the Saints, something that can’t ever be taken away — even if the suspensions were to start again on Monday.”

    What kind of statement is this ? Its a victory if they get suspended again ? Do you remember the starcaps case? Was that a victory for the Vikes that “could never be taken away” ? Did you forget that williams ended up suspended ? You must be a Saints homer to write such nonsense.

  5. cletusvandam says: Sep 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    He should run out onto the field holding huge bags with $ signs on them.

  6. faithnsaints says: Sep 9, 2012 11:18 AM

    A healthy J. Vilma, along with the newly acquired Curtis Lofton and Daivd Hawthorne is a tremendous upgrade for the Saints defense.
    I truly believe the Saints defense can be a good one this year. Not top-5 good but good enough to compliment that juggernaut of an offense they have.

  7. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:20 AM

    who cares.

  8. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 9, 2012 11:31 AM

    Finding a loophole is a major victory for the Saints? I would have thought the bar would be higher but fair enough. Good news Jon you get to watch this week from the sidelines, however your suspension letter will be in your locker on Monday and now you get to miss week 1 next season as well, congratualtions on that “victory!”

  9. jstottredsoxfan says: Sep 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    Let me get this straight because I believe that I am missing something……

    1.) Player fights tooth and nail to have suspension reversed.

    2.) Players cites urgency for the legal system to expedite hearings (costing us taxpayers money) because he needs to be on the field week one with his team.

    3.) Player wins challenge (for now)

    4.) Player is not in shape to play week one.

    Am I missing something or should the player have been working as aggressively to be in shape to play week one (which the player cited as being most IMPORTANT) as he did to make a point and have Adolf Goodell’s suspension overturned? If Logan Mankins can play a whole season (including playoffs and Superbowl) on a torn ACL and sprained MCL, then VILMA should have his candy butt out there too. That is what would be MOST important to the Saints!

  10. rmdz7 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    They didn’t find a “loophole”. The 3-member panel telling Goodell he has to define what is a salary cap violation is not a loophole. Goodell doing things wrong is not a loophole.

  11. cwwgk says: Sep 9, 2012 12:46 PM

    @rmdz7: and the suspension being temporarily overturned on a jurisdictional ambiguity is hardly vindication for Vilma. Quite to the contrary, Judge Berrigan has opined that Vilma admitted under oath in her courtroom to participating in the bounty program as alleged by Goodell.

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