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Jonathan Vilma to return Sunday

Updated: October 21, 2012, 4:56 PM ET
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The New Orleans Saints activated linebacker Jonathan Vilma for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Naturally, I'm excited about today," Vilma told ESPN's Ed Werder on Sunday morning. "I've never had to fight so hard in my life to defend my name, but running out on the field with my team today makes it all worth it."

The ninth-year pro didn't start but did get on the field throughout the opening half of the game against the Buccaneers, which the Saints won 35-28.

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