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Source: Falcons not signing Vilma now

The Atlanta Falcons still could use help at linebacker, but they won't be turning to a player who last played for their bitter rival.

Veteran Jonathan Vilma, most recently of the New Orleans Saints, worked out for the team Wednesday. But according to a team source, the Falcons are not going to sign Vilma "at this time."

Vilma's workout apparently went OK, although there were league-wide concerns about the health of the 32-year-old's knee.

The Falcons lost starter Sean Weatherspoon to a season-ending Achilles tear, leaving a void at inside linebacker in their new 3-4 base scheme. Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, two undrafted signees last season, continue to work as the starters this offseason.

Rookies Prince Shembo and Marquis Spruill are also in the inside linebacker mix, and the coaches are high on Shembo.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff said this about the linebacker situation late last week: "We are continuing to research all possibilities at the linebacker position to make sure that we continue to fortify our linebacker group."

The Falcons also worked out veterans Tim Dobbins and Nick Barnett, but did not sign either player.