- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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Vilma had his suspension overturned Friday and did not play in Sunday’s season opener. On Monday, the Saints placed Vilma on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
That’s no surprise. Vilma had knee issues last season and was rehabbing during the offseason program before his suspension first took hold.
Vilma is eligible to begin practicing after the sixth game and the Saints will have a three-week window to decide if they want to activate him on the 53-man roster.
The Saints also re-signed receiver Adrian Arrington and signed offensive tackle Bryce Harris off Atlanta’s practice squad. Arrington had been injured most of the preseason and was released last week.
But Arrington could step right into a key role because starting receiver Devery Henderson suffered an injury in Sunday’s game. Interim coach Aaron Kromer said Monday he doesn’t believe Henderson’s injury is severe. But it’s possible Henderson could be out for the short term.
Even if New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's season-long suspension remains vacated, he won’t be able to play until after the sixth game of the season.