The New Orleans Saints have placed linebacker Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve designated to return list. That means Vilma isn’t eligible to return until week 9 of the regular season agains the New York Jets, his former team. Vilma had a knee scope in mid-August and is recovering still.
It might not be that big of a loss for the Saints, who already have a depleted defense. His role in the defense has been diminished in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s new scheme.
When he returns he could play a part-time role. That means that David Hawthorne will most likely start next to Curtis Lofton opening weekend. The weakened linebacker group could force the Saints to outscore teams in shootouts this season.
Sources: The #Saints plan to place LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on Injured Reserve designated to return
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2013
That comes two days after this report.
Saw the report that #Saints LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) could be ready for the opener. Temper expectations. I’m told, that’s pretty doubtful.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2013