Skip to content

Saint put Vilma on PUP list

Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints Getty Images

He’s been reinstated, but he won’t be playing.

Despite a Sunday report that linebacker Jonathan Vilma could play in a week or two, the Saints have placed Vilma on the Physically Unable to Perform List.  It means that he’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

The move comes at a time when his one-year suspension has been vacated, and Vilma now awaits a new suspension from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Regardless of what happens at 345 Park Avenue, we won’t see Vilma for at least the first six weeks of the 2012 season.

Permalink 27 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: New Orleans Saints, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
27 Responses to “Saint put Vilma on PUP list”
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Sep 10, 2012 6:14 PM

    At least he’ll get paid.

  2. rickastleydancemoves says: Sep 10, 2012 6:15 PM

    Wouldn’t it be kind of funny when he’s healthy enough to play, the suspension gets reinstated.

  3. conormacleod says: Sep 10, 2012 6:18 PM

    Awesome!

  4. los5828 says: Sep 10, 2012 6:34 PM

    How do you get injured while suspended?

  5. christopher525 says: Sep 10, 2012 6:36 PM

    Does he get paid while on the PUP list, and would he have been paid while suspended? We may be looking at a reason for his “fight” to stay on the roster. I’d be willing to bet he doesn’t set foot on the field to play this season. He’ll likely give it up after the season as well.

  6. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Sep 10, 2012 6:42 PM

    christopher525 says: Does he get paid while on the PUP list, and would he have been paid while suspended?

    Not paid while suspended but paid while on the PUP list.

    One of Vilma’s reasons for wanting a quicker reinstatement was so that he could have access to the Saints’ training staff.

  7. itsmammoth says: Sep 10, 2012 6:51 PM

    So he never really came back to play…?

    He came back for the money?

    This is stupid. I don’t even care, whatever. lol.

  8. silentcount says: Sep 10, 2012 6:52 PM

    It’s becoming clear that Sean Payton didn’t deserve being suspended for a year either. There’s no valid proof that a pay-to-injure-bounty-system existed in every game for three years (not even one game), so he was actually telling the truth. Shame on Goodell for picking a team to severely abuse as a message to others.

  9. elvis7376 says: Sep 10, 2012 6:59 PM

    Vilma and the other players lied with all the proof the league has but to still lie it makes me sick I hope the saints have a very bad year they need to face the music

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says:
    Sep 10, 2012 6:15 PM
    Wouldn’t it be kind of funny when he’s healthy enough to play, the suspension gets reinstated.
    ___________________________

    I have a sneaky suspicion he’s going to get arrested for something.

    I’m just saying it just feels right.

  11. caliangel08 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:45 PM

    Obviously the treatment Vilma needed earlier in the year that was denied by the league and later allowed by the league office was more critical to his recovery then originally thought . I am sure Goodell will have fun explaining all that before a Federal Judge in Louisiana … lol

  12. Dave61548 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    @elvis7376 – What proof does the NFL have?? Everything they have shown to the public so far has been discredited
    – Hargrove’s statement that he “knew of the bounty program and was a willing participant” said nothing of the sort
    – The story of the “ledger” that documented payments had to be revised because the original game with injury payouts had no injuries, and then the revised game had none either, and now it has just disappeared.
    – The video that was “conclusive proof of Hargrove’s involvement” because “you can see his lips move” turned out to be pretty inconclusive because his moth was not visible.

    They have shown no proof at all.

  13. aintasinner says: Sep 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    ElVis7376, with “all the proof the NFL has”? Have you seen any proof? No one else has. Not even the 3 retired judges who made up the arbitration panel. That’s why the suspensions were overturned. Please forward the proof you have seen. And please don’t say, “Trust me, I have the proof. ” Didn’t work for the NFL; won’t work for you either.

  14. iamcline says: Sep 10, 2012 8:01 PM

    Everyone still up in arms at this suspension. NFL doesn’t have to show proof. They especially don’t have to show YOU proof. You fools still don’t get it do you? Their DC admitted to it, Owner and Coach admitted to it…but you still think it’s a farce? LOL

  15. goodolebaghead says: Sep 10, 2012 8:08 PM

    iamcline says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    Everyone still up in arms at this suspension. NFL doesn’t have to show proof. They especially don’t have to show YOU proof. You fools still don’t get it do you? Their DC admitted to it, Owner and Coach admitted to it…but you still think it’s a farce? LOL
    ***************************************
    DC – Publicly stated that he did not admit to pay-for-injury, the NFL wrote the note. He only admitted to paying for big legal plays.
    Vitt – Publicly stated there was no pay-for-injury. The ‘proof’ against him was found to be a fictional ledger the NFL fabricated (with incorrect data. Couldn’t even bother to get the facts right before lying to EVERYONE. Yet you all still believe.) Further, Vitt signed an affidavit under penalty of jail, that nothing happened.
    Owner – admitted to pay for performance, not injury.
    HC – Sean just recently admitted in an interview they were innocent of the pay-for-injury charges, and also has said for him to say more would mean Goodell extends his suspension.

    Yessir, Goodell is blackmailing the coaches that still want a career in the NFL into keeping quiet. It’s still not working, but homers like you will continue to say it, true or not.

    But you still think the NFL got it right? IMO, Goodell could come to your house and tell you he lied to make the punishments worse, and you still wouldn’t believe him.

  16. nathan702nelson says: Sep 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    I’m tired of Saints fans, you guys always play the victims when stuff goes bad but when it’s going good you’re all yelling not only a phrase you stole from the Bengals, but a phrase that doesn’t even have proper spelling “Who Dat!” You guys will deny everything, even if there were solid 100% proof and the judge said so, you’d still say someone somewhere was lying. Give me a break.

  17. gtodriver says: Sep 10, 2012 8:43 PM

    I hope the Saints enjoy paying Vilma for nothing…

    When the suspension gets reinstated (soon), then he can serve part of his suspension this year and then the rest next year.

    Of course – Vilma won’t make anyone’s roster next year anyway.

  18. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    Hahahaha..

    Remember when all the Saints fans said they were going to destroy the Redskins.

    Man. That was funny. Because, you see… the Redskins flat out destroyed the Saints.

    On a completely unrelated note, does anyone else think that GTOdriver is married to his own sister?

  19. cwwgk says: Sep 10, 2012 9:10 PM

    No evidence? Please. No stronger evidence than a confession. The NFL accused the Saints of operating a bounty program. The organization admitted the accusation was true and that it would not reoccur:

    “There is no place for bounties in our league and we reiterate our pledge that this will never happen again.”

    Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton also admitted the accusations were true:

    “We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch. We take full responsibility…Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again.”

    The NFL alleged the Saints tried to cover up the program. In a statement he drafted with the NFLPA Hargrove acknowledged that:

    “The NFL Security personnel asked me if there had been a bounty on Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game, and as instructed by Coach Williams and Coach Vitt, I denied all knowledge of a bounty or bounty program.”

    No denials, no qualifications.

    Pure, hard evidence.

  20. billinlouisiana says: Sep 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    Vilma and Will Smith both restructured their deals early this year before the suspensions. They got most of this years original salary as a new signing bonus and now are playing for basically veteran minimum for the game checks.

  21. amaf21 says: Sep 10, 2012 10:47 PM

    they should add him to the PUNK list too.

  22. tjigger says: Sep 10, 2012 11:17 PM

    iamcline says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    Everyone still up in arms at this suspension. NFL doesn’t have to show proof. They especially don’t have to show YOU proof. You fools still don’t get it do you? Their DC admitted to it, Owner and Coach admitted to it…but you still think it’s a farce? LOL

     Iamcline,
    All coaches either signed a sworn statement or testified in court on behalf of Vilma that no bounty program was being run. Players from other teams also said pay for performance was common across the NFL.

  23. tjigger says: Sep 10, 2012 11:25 PM

    nathan702nelson says:
    Sep 10, 2012 8:42 PM
    I’m tired of Saints fans, you guys always play the victims when stuff goes bad but when it’s going good you’re all yelling not only a phrase you stole from the Bengals, but a phrase that doesn’t even have proper spelling “Who Dat!”

    Nathan,
    ESPN or the NFL network did a story about it a few years ago

    The saying “Who Dat” started at a high school in New Orleans way before it caught on with the Saints… Well before the Bengals started “Who Dey”

  24. barbeaux says: Sep 11, 2012 12:12 AM

    @nathanblabla, if you check history the phrase “who dat” appears to have originated in the New Orleans area. There are many, many instances of its usage in the area ranging from poetry to plays to sports. Does Cinci have that historical usage of the phrase?

  25. barbeaux says: Sep 11, 2012 12:13 AM

    Also, which judge said the bounty happened?

  26. vader7176 says: Sep 11, 2012 12:47 AM

    The clock is ticking Jonathan.

  27. meswant says: Sep 11, 2012 10:51 AM

    the reason he is on the pup list is cause he knows he is guilty & fully expected to no play this season cause he is a lying, cheating, disgrace to the NFL & should not be allowed to play again!!!!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!