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Jonathan Vilma can return to practice next week

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A Saints defense that has exceeded every expectation this year could be getting a key part back soon.

Inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma tweeted out word yesterday that he’d be allowed to practice when the Saints come back from their bye week, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Vilma had knee surgery during training camp, and was placed on injured reserve/designated for return. That means he can practice for the next two weeks, and then come back for their Week Nine game against the Jets.

If he’s well, he could help solidify the interior of a defense that has improved this year, although after setting a league record for yards allowed last season, the only direction to go was up.

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6 Responses to “Jonathan Vilma can return to practice next week”
  1. toybkshr says: Oct 18, 2013 8:24 AM

    What’s the going rate on KO’ing opposing QB’s?

  2. RedRuffensor says: Oct 18, 2013 9:17 AM

    He spent the time off studying opposing players’ medical reports, so he can better focus his cheapshots when he’s on the field against them.

  3. cannonballdookie says: Oct 18, 2013 9:21 AM

    They are better off without him, I don’t really know why they brought him back.

  4. mdd913 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    Can still use him in the base defense when they go to a 4-3. Hawthorne-Lofton-Vilma is a formidable trio. I’m sure he also has a place in the nickel/dime packages.

  5. purplegreenandgold says: Oct 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    welcome back !!!!!

  6. uksaintsfan says: Oct 19, 2013 4:49 AM

    I echo purplegreenandgolds post. Welcome back JV.
    Those people that are quick to lay what was proven as misplaced blame on JV, should look at some of the players in their own teams.

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