The New Orleans Saints were bitten by the injury-bug pretty hard in the offseason, and many wondered if their season was over before it even started. However, the Saints have proved all of their doubters wrong and are 5-1 heading into their bye week. The Saints have been particularly banged up on the defensive side of the ball, but the young defensive linemen have been holding it down and the defense has been playing great this season.
The Saints did get some good news this week as linebacker Jonathan Vilma said he would practice on Monday. Vilma has not played a game yet this season as he has been recovering from a knee procedure he had back in August. The Saints opted to put Vilma on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Vilma will be eligible to play in week nine against his former team the New York Jets.
At this point in his career, Vilma will not be the impact player he once was, but no doubt his experience and leadership will provide a boost for the team. Vilma might not get much playing time because he is not a great fit for Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense, but he could provide some relief to other players and is not a bad option to have for depth.
If practicing on Monday is any indication then perhaps we should expect to see Vilma suited up against his former team in week nine. It is unclear what kind of impact he will have upon his return, but having an extra body on defense would be a nice plus for the Saints.