Saints place Jonathan Vilma on short-term IR

Jonathan Vilm reportedly won't be back until Week 10. (USATSI)
Jonathan Vilma reportedly won't be back until Week 10. (USATSI)

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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