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Jonathan Vilma expected to play on Sunday

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With his yearlong suspension on hold and his ailing knee holding up in practice this week, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma appears ready to play for the first time this season on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Saints coach Aaron Kromer said today that Vilma had been impressive in practice, and he sounded optimistic that the Saints will make Vilma active on game day.

“Vilma looked good all week,” Kromer said. “We’ve got to get together as a staff still, make sure everyone is on the same page, and decide on game day.”

The Saints have until 4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday to activate Vilma from the physically unable to perform list, where he has spent the first six weeks of the season. All signs point to the Saints doing just that.

The biggest question is whether Vilma will play beyond Sunday. We don’t know how much longer he’ll be able to escape the suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to impose, so Vilma should enjoy playing while he can.

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19 Responses to “Jonathan Vilma expected to play on Sunday”
  1. billsfaninmiami says: Oct 19, 2012 5:50 PM

    Saints need all the help they can get.

    I will be at the (1/2 empty)stadium in Tampa to cheer the Saints on.

    Who Dat?

  2. bobbob1eye says: Oct 19, 2012 6:00 PM

    Awesome. I’m 100% in his corner. Hope he plays light out.

  3. mikealstott says: Oct 19, 2012 6:06 PM

    Hey Vilma I’m a Buc’s fan and I will give you $10,000 to knock out Josh Freeman.

  4. veence69 says: Oct 19, 2012 6:16 PM

    I mean this sincerely, no sarcasm: I hope he doesn’t end up getting injured and carted off. If that were to happen (sarcasm still off), I’m afraid of how many stitches would take to repair by busted gut.

  5. INTENSE FOOTBALL says: Oct 19, 2012 6:22 PM

    I will be there to see you Vilma. WHODAT!!!!!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 19, 2012 6:46 PM

    Probably they scrape the turd into a plastic Baggie and take him off the field. Obviously he is no Brett Favre when it comes to taking the physical beating.

  7. papazoid says: Oct 19, 2012 7:45 PM

    he’s probably not ready, but is rushing back based on his legal teams advice.

  8. chad504boy says: Oct 19, 2012 8:19 PM

    Vilma gonna play like the water boy cause he’s got that Goodell tackling fuel!

  9. tnyfg says: Oct 19, 2012 8:24 PM

    It will be the “karma” game. If he gets injured he’s guilty as charged.

  10. n001363 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:13 PM

    Pay yourself 10k to run your head into a concrete wall, then we can be rid of you!

  11. bathroomben7 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:37 PM

    Dude if this guy ends up at the bottom of a pile… I wouldn’t be surprised if someone takes his manhood.

  12. saintsfan26 says: Oct 19, 2012 10:40 PM

    Clearly, Vilma is winning.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 20, 2012 12:39 AM

    mikealstott says:
    Oct 19, 2012 6:06 PM
    Hey Vilma I’m a Buc’s fan and I will give you $10,000 to knock out Josh Freeman.

    !!!! Oh man, this seriously made me Laugh out Loud!!!

  14. marthisdil says: Oct 20, 2012 12:43 AM

    Hope he gets what he dished out.

  15. silentcount says: Oct 20, 2012 1:23 AM

    Vilma should play because he certainly didn’t deserve a years suspension. If talking tough in a pregame locker room pep rally is so wrong, then all NFL players should be suspended.

  16. commonsensedude says: Oct 20, 2012 1:42 AM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if he gets named the Defensive Player of the Week. Goodell would have a panic attack.

  17. FinFan68 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:35 AM

    Imagine what his fine will be if he has a helmet to helmet hit or something similar.

  18. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Oct 20, 2012 8:39 AM

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

  19. bills4 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:41 AM


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