Report: Jonathan Vilma to miss opener

September, 3, 2013
The injury news at linebacker continues to get worse for the New Orleans Saints.

FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports that Jonathan Vilma is likely to miss at least a few games as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Vilma’s age and injury history makes you wonder if he’ll ever be the same player he was when he was the unquestioned leader of the New Orleans defense.

The Saints can get by at inside linebacker because they have Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne. But the team is dangerously thin at outside linebacker, where Victor Butler and Will Smith are out with injuries.

Martez Wilson and Junior Galette are expected to be the starters at outside linebacker.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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