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Jonathan Vilma

Jonathan Vilma - #51 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 1"/ 230 lbs.
Birthday 04/16/1982
Birthplace Coral Gables, FL
College Miami (FL)
Years played 10
Drafted 2004, 1st round, 12th pick by Jets

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
37 0 1

Brees' nearly perfect second half leads Saints past Steelers

Posted Oct. 31, 2010 @ 11:52 p.m. ET
Drew Brees passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 on Sunday night.

Report: Saints could be without Bush until Week 11

Posted Oct. 30, 2010 @ 6:18 p.m. ET
Saints RB Reggie Bush was cleared to return to practice last Monday. Now it looks like he may not return until Week 11.

Bush, Thomas both to miss Week Eight

Posted Oct. 29, 2010 @ 5:35 p.m. ET
USA Today reports that both Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas will miss the Saints' Week Eight game vs. the Steelers, the fifth consecutive game that New Orleans has been without its top two running backs.

Injury divides RB Thomas, Saints

Posted Oct. 29, 2010 @ 10:11 a.m. ET
With RB Pierre Thomas set to become a free agent for the second offseason in a row, he and head coach Sean Payton are drifting apart.

Saints RB Bush misses practice, unlikely to play

Posted Oct. 27, 2010 @ 3:25 p.m. ET
Saints RB Reggie Bush did not practice Wednesday after being cleared to do so earlier in the week. It is unlikely he will play on Sunday.

Bush set to return to Saints backfield

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 3:46 p.m. ET
Saints RB Reggie Bush told reporters has been cleared to play in Week Eight when the Saints host the Steelers, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

With Thomas still rehabbing, Payton reportedly growing impatient

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 9:52 a.m. ET
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Sean Payton had lost his patience with RB Pierre Thomas. The Saints' starter hurt his ankle in Week Three and has not played since.

Browns ride defense in stunner over Saints

Posted Oct. 24, 2010 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
David Bowens returned two of Drew Brees' four interceptions for touchdowns and the Browns took a stunning 30-17 victory over the defending champion Saints on Sunday.

Sideline worker injured during Browns-Saints game

Posted Oct. 24, 2010 @ 3 p.m. ET
A sideline worker was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's Browns-Saints game after Saints WR Courtney Roby collided with him on a punt return.

Saints activate Sharper from PUP list

Posted Oct. 23, 2010 @ 7:22 p.m. ET
New Orleans has activated FS Darren Sharper from its physically-unable-to-perform list, and he could play in Sunday's game vs. the Browns.

Injuries an obstacle for Saints’ improved defense

Posted Oct. 21, 2010 @ 2:57 p.m. ET
Although the Saints' defense has compensated for a decrease in takeaways compared to last season, the secondary has been hit hard by injuries, and its depth is being tested.

Rewind: Remembering the Ricky Williams trade

Posted Oct. 20, 2010 @ 3:58 p.m. ET
Mike Beacom examines the infamous trade Mike Ditka executed on Draft Day 1999 to select Ricky Williams. After all these years, has Williams finally proven Ditka right? Was he worth all those picks?

Saints place Gay on IR; release Ingram

Posted Oct. 20, 2010 @ 3:34 p.m. ET
The Saints made a couple of moves on Wednesday, placing CB Randall Gay on injured reserve and releasing LB Clint Ingram.

Brees announces new baby's name via Twitter

Posted Oct. 20, 2010 @ 10:20 a.m. ET
Saints QB Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, welcomed their second son into the world Tuesday, and then announced his name via Twitter on Wednesday.

Rookie Meter: Undrafted Ivory makes a splash

Posted Oct. 19, 2010 @ 5:33 p.m. ET
Rams QB Sam Bradford regains the top spot in this week's Rookie Meter, but last Sunday belonged to undrafted Saints RB Chris Ivory.

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Posted March 12, 2013
People familiar with the situation say defensive end Will Smith and Vilma has agreed to restructure his contract in order to remain with the New Orleans Saints.||||||| The 31-year-old Smith and 30-year-old Vilma, both veteran defensive captains who were implicated in the NFL's bounty probe, would have consumed about $23 million combined in salary cap space had they not agreed to new deals before the new league year - and free agency - began Tuesday afternoon.
Posted Dec. 12, 2012
Vilma has asked a federal judge to allow him to move forward with his defamation case against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.||||||| In a motion filed Wednesday, Vilma drops his case against the NFL's disciplinary process, now that his suspension has been lifted. However, he continues to pursue damages from Goodell for harm he alleges was done to his reputation by the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints. In an NFL appeal ruling Tuesday, former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue threw out suspensions for Vilma and three other current and former Saints in connection with the bounty investigation.
Posted Nov. 27, 2012
Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C. Williams appears at a bounty hearing on Friday morning, according to a schedule set by Paul Tagliabue. The former NFL commissioner has been appointed to oversee the latest round of player appeals in the matter.||||||| Smith and Vilma will leave Atlanta after Thursday night's game against the Falcons. They are among four players issued suspensions of various lengths in the league's probe of the Saints' cash-for-hits program. Smith and Vilma are playing while their appeals are pending. Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo were two of the NFL's central witnesses in the probe. Cerullo's appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Posted Oct. 27, 2012
Vilma hopes to play a bigger role on the Saints' defense in his second game of the season Sunday against Denver. He said his knee, and his entire body, held up very well after the Tampa Bay game. He did not make a tackle but had one deflection and forced a near interception.||||||| Playing for the first time while appealing his season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans' bounty program, Vilma played 18 snaps last Sunday against Tampa Bay. Vilma declined Friday to talk about any bounty-related topics leading into his appeals hearing Tuesday with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who will decide whether to uphold Roger Goodell's ruling.
Posted Oct. 22, 2012
Vilma played for the first time on Sunday while appealing a season-long suspension due to his role in the Saints' bounty program, recording one quarterback hit and breaking up one pass.||||||| New Orleans still gave up a season-high 513 yards, but players said Vilma's return provided an emotional lift.

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