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Saints place LB Jonathan Vilma on season-ending injured reserve

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Jonathan Vilma's season is over after just one game. (USATSI)
Jonathan Vilma's season is over after just one game. (USATSI)

After only playing in one game, Jonathan Vilma's 2013 season is over. The Saints placed the 31-year-old linebacker on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season after only one game and 12 snaps.

Vilma opened the season on short-term injured reserve, then was moved to the Saints active-roster on Saturday, one day before New Orleans played the Jets. Vilma saw action on 12 plays against New York and made one tackle.

The Saints didn't specify the reason for putting Vilma on the IR, but it most likely has to do with his left knee. Vilma missed the 2013 preseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in August. It was Vilma's fourth operation on his the knee since November 2011.

The 12 snaps Vilma took against the Jets on Sunday could be his final ones in a Saints uniform. Vilma took a $3.8 million pay cut in his base salary before the 2013 season and that deal expires after this year.

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