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New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Inspired by Jonathan Vilma's return, New Orleans' porous defense found a way to keep Tampa Bay out of the end zone, then did it again to preserve the Saints' second straight win.
Drew Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns, however Sunday's 35-28 victory over the Buccaneers wouldn't have been possible without a third-quarter goal-line stand and another stop to end the game.
''I don't know how much better we got. I know we won the game. That's always a positive,'' safety Roman Harper said. ''We were always finding ways to lose a game, and now we're finding ways to win a game.
With Vilma playing for the first time while appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program and Brees shrugging off an early interception that led to Tampa Bay's first touchdown, New Orleans (2-4) took another step toward turning around its season following an 0-4 start.
Vilma provided an emotional lift, if not an...
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After playing his first regular-season game of the year on Sunday, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma reportedly said he's satisfied that his appeal in the bounty case suspensions will be handled by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator," Vilma told NFL Network's Jeff Darlington...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was activated for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN.com 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...
The New Orleans Saints will be without tight end Jimmy
Graham today as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but linebacker Jonathan
Vilma will return to action, reports Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle)
will not play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and linebacker
Jonathan Vilma will play after being activated...
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...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma is active for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, meaning he'll make his season debut while appealing a suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program.
Vilma has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee and practiced for the first time Wednesday. He was moved from the physically unable to perform list to...
Jonathan Vilma played for the first time while appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program and Drew Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns to pace a 35-28 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
While it's debatable how much Vilma's return impacted the Saints defense, the unit turned back two drives near the...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jonathan Vilma played for the first time while appealing a season-long suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program and Drew Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns to pace a 35-28 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. While it's debatable how much Vilma's return impacted the Saints defense, the unit turned...
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.
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 nola.com.
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...
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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
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...
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the NFL players' union might challenge former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the appeals officer in the Saints' bounties case.
Tagliabue is scheduled to hear the appeals of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove on Oct. 30. He was appointed by his successor, Roger Goodell.