Jonathan Vilma's knee injury continues to worry the Saints -- as I wrote about in my New Orleans observations following the Texans preseason game – and now, it appears we won't have the possibility of seeing the linebacker until after New Orleans' eighth game.
The team has confirmed it has placed Vilma on the short-term IR list.
That means the 10-year veteran couldn't take the field until the Week 10 game (the Saints have a Week 7 bye).
As I wrote in my observations column, “Considering the team isn't sure about linebacker Jonathan Vilma's health -- one person I talked to Sunday said the fear is that Vilma's career might be over and that the team might have to place him on the IR list -- [Ramon] Humber is a player who could sneak into the starting lineup and have an impact in Vilma's inside linebacker spot.”
In July, Vilma said he felt great: “Physically, I'm very good, a lot better. I just needed a little time [to rehab] that I didn't get last year.”
But a month later, Vilma was in Philadelphia undergoing knee surgery, a procedure that caused him to miss the entire preseason.
Which is an issue, because the team, at one point, seemed excited about the possibility of playing Vilma in Rob Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme.
"Yeah, I don't think anyone wants to place [Vilma] over that guard bubble and have to take on that block," coach Sean Payton said in February. "And I think he's a guy that runs to the ball and has great vision, very instinctual football player. I think you take some of that away if all of a sudden he's playing over an uncovered guard and now his size becomes an issue.”
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