Posted October 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Slow starts that have dumped the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a hole in the NFC South haven't changed the way they feel about themselves. The division rivals enter Sunday's meeting of inconsistent teams at Raymond James Stadium eager to build on victories they hope will set the tone for the rest of the season. The Saints (1-4) continue to deal with fallout from the bounty probe that led to the suspensions of coach Sean Payton and others. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is appealing the season-long ban the NFL ordered for his role in the program and actually could make his season debut against the Bucs (2-3). Vilma has been on the physically unable to perform list while rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee and practiced for the first time on Wednesday. Interim coach Aaron Kromer has not ruled out the prospect of plugging the ninth-year pro into a defense that's allowed an NFL-high 456 yards and nearly 31 points per game - even if Vilma pro's re...

Jonathan Vilma has a good chance at playing Sunday

New Orleans Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer sounds optimistic that linebacker Jonathan Vilma will play on Sunday against the Bucs.“Vilma looked good all week,” Kromer said, per “We’ve got to get together as a staff still, make sure everyone is on the same page, and decide on game day.”Even if Vilma plays this week, I don’t know how much it’s...

Saints LB Vilma active for Sunday

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was activated for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reported Saturday. Vilma, who has been recovering from a knee injury, is expected to play between 20 and 30 snaps. Vilma's one-year suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program -- which is under appeal -- will be decided Oct. 30. He returned...

Saints Nation: Jonathan Vilma is a Gametime Decision

Jonathan Vilma remains on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform List) today as the Saints have three weeks to decide whether to activate him or place him on IR. Granted, Vilma's current timetable is at the mercy of his suspension, which post appeal could be for the season if the courts don't step in. So depending on how that plays out, this could be the only game this year...

Saints LB Vilma likely to play vs. Bucs

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma participated in practice again Friday and appears likely to be activated from the physically unable to perform list in time to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Interim head coach Aaron Kromer said Vilma has made some impressive plays in practice this week, but the decision on whether to play him against the Buccaneers...

Saints activate Vilma, could make debut Sunday

The New Orleans Saints have moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma from their physically unable to perform list to the active roster, meaning he could play for the first time this season on Sunday at Tampa Bay. However, tight end Jimmy Graham did not make the trip because of his sprained right ankle. The Saints have terminated the contract of receiver Greg Camarillo to make room for Vilma...

Saints activate Vilma, rule out Graham

The New Orleans Saints have activated linebacker Jonathan Vilma from the PUP list and have cut wide receiver Greg Camarillo.The Saints have also ruled out tight end Jimmy Graham from playing in tomorrow’s game against the Buccaneers.

Saints Injury Report: Jimmy Graham, Jonathan Vilma Game-Time Decisions

The New Orleans Saints continue to be “tight-lipped” regarding the prospects of linebacker Jonathan Vilma and tight end Jimmy Graham playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports Nakia Hogan of The Saints continue to be tight-lipped about the prospects of linebacker Jonathan Vilma playing, while tight end Jimmy Graham is officially listed as questionable...

Saints Nation: Jonathan Vilma Activated From PUP, Will Play at Tampa!

He's baaaaaack! Jonathan Vilma has been activated from the PUP list and will play, most likely starting at weakside linebacker in David Hawthorne's place. Hawthorne remains out with a lingering hamstring issue. The news first broke through Jennifer Hale's twitter account: #Saints Jonathan Vilma activated from PUP; Greg Camarillo contract terminated; Jimmy Graham (ankle...

Jimmy Graham Out for Saints, But Jonathan Vilma Activated With Chance to Play Sunday Against Tampa Bay

The Saints may be losing one of their most valuable offensive players for this Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, but one of their defense's best is ready to play for the first time all season. The Saints said Saturday that tight end Jimmy Graham will not play this weekend, but linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been taken off the physically unable...

Jimmy Graham practiced on a limited basis, Vilma looking good

Even with the negative reports that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham may not play this week, he practiced on a limited basis today. At this point, it looks like Graham could be a game-time decision.  If he does play, I would think that his injured ankle will hinder him quite a bit. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma reportedly looks good, but the Saints may not decide until Sunday if they want...

Saints Nation: 5 Things to Look for in Saints @ Bucs Game

After a good 14 days away from Saints football the team will hit the field again and face the Buccaneers, potentially with Jonathan Vilma in the lineup. I think the same attitude I had two weeks ago still applies: "just win one game". Except now this would count as their second victory. But again, we're not going for style points here. I'm not really interested...

Roger Goodell steps aside from Saints bounty appeals

Roger Goodell announced today that he is stepping aside from the New Orleans Saints bounty and has appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to serve as the hearing officer for the coming appeals.Tagliabue was the NFL’s commissioner from 1989-2006 and has many years of experience in NFL collective bargaining matters. “To be clear, I have not [...]
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