Conflicting reports about Vilma’s availability

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2013

There were conflicting reports about New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and his availability for the season opener. Vilma had arthroscopic knee surgery in the middle of August so you’d expect him to be out for a couple weeks, maybe more on the severity of the surgery. Considering how much practice he had been missing because of swelling and discomfort you’d think he’ll be out a while. Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Advocate reported today that his recovery is going so well that he could be ready for the opener.

After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s recovery is going well, and there’s a possibility he will return for the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 8 or shortly thereafter, a league source said Saturday.

Vilma reportedly had surgery to relieve swelling and discomfort. He had been in and out of practice before the procedure and missed all of the Saints’ preseason games. (Ramon Antonio Vargas – The Advocate)

To me this is quite surprising considering all of the knee issues Vilma has had over his career. He had knee surgery in 2007 after only playing seven games. Then in 2011 he missed five games because of another injury and then began 2012 on the physically unable to perform list because of off season surgery on the knee.

Only reason I’d think a return is possible is because the Saints have left him on the 53-man active roster which means he is close to returning. If he wasn’t he’d likely have been placed on one of the injured reserve lists. On the flip side the Saints did keep nine linebackers, so they must be protecting himself if he’s not ready to go.

So I said conflicting reports right? Well Ian Rapoport of NFL.com contested Vargas’ report by saying his own sources have said a return is doubtful.

So which one is it will he play in the opener or won’t he? I’m not sure but the good thing is we’ll find out in seven days.

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