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Jonathan Vilma says he’s playing on Sunday

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The NFL says Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suspended for the entire year for his role in the team’s bounty program. But Vilma says that as he continues to fight his suspension, he’s expecting to make his regular-season debut on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

“I’ll be allowed to practice, I’ll be allowed to play versus Tampa Bay,” Vilma said in an interview with WVUE-TV on Sunday night, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Vilma has been on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury, so he hasn’t been able to play regardless of his on-again, off-again suspension. But Vilma says he expects the suspension to be on hold while he continues fighting it, and he’s physically ready to play now.

“I’m feeling good, feeling good,” Vilma said. “I know that the media hasn’t seen much of me for a while, but I’ve actually been working out, working hard, training hard so I can get to this point to be able to give our team a chance to win in Tampa Bay.”

Vilma is appealing his suspension and said his appeals hearing will be on Tuesday, October 23 — after the Saints play the Buccaneers — and that he can play at least until his appeal is heard.

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  1. jmsincla says: Oct 15, 2012 11:49 AM

    These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

  2. terraj35 says: Oct 15, 2012 11:49 AM

    Through out this whole suspension and appeal process with Vilma fighting for “his right to play” people forget, Jonathan Vilma isn’t very good anymore lol. He an average linebacker at best

  3. goodellgate says: Oct 15, 2012 11:50 AM

    Goodell must be turning red right now, again.

  4. chemebiker says: Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Smart guy. 6 games deep into his suspension and he is going to play. That way when his suspension is upheld, he will not be able to start game one of next season. Dumb dumb dumb.

  5. eglsfan says: Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Good, Tampa can put a bounty on that turd & break his leg…

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 15, 2012 11:57 AM

    Vilma is a jerk and an idiot. Those two facts alone are sufficient to ban him for a long period.

  7. bigjdve says: Oct 15, 2012 11:59 AM

    Vilma also said that he won the arbitration battle. We all see how that went.

    If I was Vilma’s lawyer, I would try to muzzle him, the more he says the worse it can get for him.

  8. sikkcaden says: Oct 15, 2012 12:03 PM

    I wish Vilma would just go away. His ego is embarrassing himself, the Saints and the players association. Just accept what you did, accept the suspension and move on.

  9. biggestsaintsfanever says: Oct 15, 2012 12:04 PM

    I hope JV has an awesome game and the saints smoke the Bucs !!

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 15, 2012 12:11 PM

    what if he blows out his outside acl in the game, God forbid, but the irony would by insane. Again, obviously you don’t want anyone to suffer injury.

  11. buffalobills2012 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:13 PM

    this dude is a total disgrace to the NFL, The New Orleans Saints organization and to all fans of the sport. Get a clue bro. You. Paid. For. Players. To.Get.Injured!!! Your a bum Vilma.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 15, 2012 12:14 PM

    And Scott Fujita is asking, “What the hell are you doing Roger..” Props to Scott for not being intimidated by Roger’s status as Commish.

  13. Patriot42 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    Vilma is a jerk that needs to be locked up.

  14. cooklynn17 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    You may be playing but you won’t be heard from.

    Kind of like Justin Smith from the 49ers, this dude was on the field but you wouldn’t have known it because the Giants just slapped him silly.

    Big talk and less production an all to common occurrence in the NFL.

    Love Bart Scott.

  15. footballfan58 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:21 PM

    Talk about being full of yourself. It’s pretty sad when there are so few heroes in the NFL for kids to look up to. Instead you have people like Vilma, Brees and the rest of their gang defying the rules and embarrassing themselves and the whole Saints organization. Whatever happened to honor, self respect and projecting a positive image?

  16. dmatt777 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:22 PM

    Wow to the eagles fan who says he hopes Vilma gets his leg broken.If what you are saying about Vilma, is true,REALLY ARE YOU ANY BETTER?
    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
    You sound idiotic. If any of you self righteous yackety yacks were fighting for your name,character,CHECK, you would fight to the death.
    I don’t know tho’ none of you seem smart to me.

  17. droyer85 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:35 PM

    eglsfan says:
    Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM
    Good, Tampa can put a bounty on that turd & break his leg…

    I’d be careful what you wish for there eglsfan… Mike Vick is a few hits away from the Eagles whole season being over, you shouldn’t tempt fate by being a hater.

  18. billsfan1 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:38 PM

    What does he mean the media hasn’t seen him in a while? All off season that is all we have seen

  19. cooklynn17 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:38 PM

    Yeah your playing on Sunday, the same thing I will be playing………Modern Warefare 3.

  20. dzor22 says: Oct 15, 2012 12:40 PM

    Vilma can’t get enough of himself.

  21. omegalh says: Oct 15, 2012 12:51 PM

    Lance armstrong, barry bonds, roger clemens, and the saints have what in common? They are kidding themselves thinking we might doubt their guilt. They are also fighting to protect their pocketbook.

  22. theuglitruth says: Oct 15, 2012 12:52 PM

    It’s good to know he plans to play Madden this weekend.

  23. dexterismyhero says: Oct 15, 2012 12:56 PM

    @droyer85 says:Oct 15, 2012 12:35 PM

    eglsfan says:
    Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM
    Good, Tampa can put a bounty on that turd & break his leg…

    I’d be careful what you wish for there eglsfan… Mike Vick is a few hits away from the Eagles whole season being over, you shouldn’t tempt fate by being a hater.
    ==================================
    Actually, that may help the Eagles. The backup looked pretty good in pre season.

  24. rafterman11 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    I love how Vilma qualifies his denial by saying he was not involved with pay for hurt, but pay for “good plays”. Uh huh. What is this, college? But instead of slapping a sticker on a guy’s helmet, they glue some cash to his lid?

    There’s no way that Vilma, a defensive captain, was not involved in all this.

  25. FinFan68 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    i hope Roger clarifies the punishment on appeal. full 16 games rather than the implied 10 games left this year. Vilma is arrogant, clueless and classless.

  26. foreverlsu says: Oct 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    Patriot42 says:Oct 15, 2012 12:17 PM

    Vilma is a jerk that needs to be locked up.

    Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Good, Tampa can put a bounty on that turd & break his leg…

    thegreatgabbert says:Oct 15, 2012 11:57 AM

    Vilma is a jerk and an idiot. Those two facts alone are sufficient to ban him for a long period.
    ______________________________

    Wow! What an intelligent group of posters reading this article today! Guessing most are in the 47%.

  27. Dave61548 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:37 PM

    It’s a shame that some people are content to just listen to the NFL’s original story and call the Saints guilty. If you look at the “evidence” the NFL has shown, it is obvious that Goodel’s stubborn refusal to back down is either his ego overruling common sense or a desperate attempt to keep the “player safety” smokescreen alive for the concussion lawsuits. Or both.

  28. openseason51 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:54 PM

    That is a bold statement. Vilma now owns the NFL and the Saints. If it weren’t for him the Saints wouldn’t be in trouble.

  29. beeronthefridge says: Oct 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    Hey Vilma, the more you talk, the more you remind me of Wilma…Flinstone

  30. marthisdil says: Oct 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    Wonder if someone will hit Vilma for a “cart off” in the game

  31. marthisdil says: Oct 15, 2012 2:19 PM

    omegalh says: Oct 15, 2012 12:51 PM

    Lance armstrong, barry bonds, roger clemens, and the saints have what in common? They are kidding themselves thinking we might doubt their guilt. They are also fighting to protect their pocketbook.

    =======================

    Except, you know, that Lance isn’t fighting back against the USADA.

    And the UCI is wanting the proof, etc, that the USADA has, since, you know, the UCI is the only cycling body that can strip Armstrong of anything…and, he never failed a UCI test….

  32. musicman495 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:31 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: Oct 15, 2012 11:57 AM

    Vilma is a jerk and an idiot. Those two facts alone are sufficient to ban him for a long period.
    ———————————-
    Actually, it sounds more like the job description of NFL Commissioner.

  33. musicman495 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:44 PM

    eglsfan says: Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Good, Tampa can put a bounty on that turd & break his leg…
    ———————–
    Right, let’s hope for a player to break his leg so we can all protect the sanctity of sportsmanship. No irony there…

  34. samapoc says: Oct 15, 2012 2:51 PM

    It’s very strange to me that some people are so negative toward Vilma based on zero evidence, just Roger Goodell’s statements. But people vote for deceased politicians in elections, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.

    Vilma is a great player. Primarily, he knows the game. When healthy he is the only Saints linebacker who could execute in both run and (especially) pass coverage. He makes up for Shanle, who is terrible unless a ball carrier accidentally runs into him. Vilma should be a Saints HOF player. If he hasn’t lost too much from being out, he should/could make a big impact on the saints defense. But definitely not enough for you to pick them up in ff.

  35. mjkelly77 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:07 PM

    I’m not sure of his current legal standing, but I’d love to see Vilma attempt to take the field, refuse to yield, resist arrest by uniformed officers and then be tasered into submission. All followed by him being handcuffed and forced to do the perp walk of shame in front of a sold out stadium. Now that’s entertainment, current NFL style.

  36. mwindle1973 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    chemebiker says: Oct 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Smart guy. 6 games deep into his suspension and he is going to play. That way when his suspension is upheld, he will not be able to start game one of next season. Dumb dumb dumb.
    _______________________

    Yeah it’s obvious that this guy lacks intelligence. His constant public comments can’t be helping his case. And as others have pointed out he is kind of average at this point in his career. At his best, he was above average, but lacked discipline and consistency.

  37. stayclassyasheville says: Oct 15, 2012 5:21 PM

    Vilma is a cheat in the court of public opinion. The owners have empowered the commissioner to make an example of Vilma to the other players.

  38. hippiedriver2 says: Oct 15, 2012 8:42 PM

    I believe so much should have been suspended for life

  39. tincansailor981 says: Oct 15, 2012 9:17 PM

    Not going to make a difference. He’s in the twilight of his career and not very good anymore. His brief presence on the field may give the defense the lift it needs to finally stop someone but he’s not going to do much, if he does play

  40. vegasvinnie says: Oct 15, 2012 11:08 PM

    footballfan58 says:
    Oct 15, 2012 12:21 PM
    Talk about being full of yourself. It’s pretty sad when there are so few heroes in the NFL for kids to look up to. Instead you have people like Vilma, Brees and the rest of their gang defying the rules and embarrassing themselves and the whole Saints organization. Whatever happened to honor, self respect and projecting a positive image?

    ===================================

    Talk about shooting your mouth off without knowing the facts. What rule has Brees broken? He hasn’t even been accused of anything by Goodell, who’s practically accused everyone else without any proof. Brees has never been arrested for anything. He’s a family man who stays home with his wife and kids, isn’t out killing dogs or shooting up strip clubs. He also gives very freely of his time and money to all kinds of charity organizations. Not just in New Orleans but also at W. Lafayette, Indiana (home of Purdue, his alma mater) and even his former high school.

    Congratulations on perhaps the dumbest post I’ve yet to read on this site.

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