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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

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Week Seven power rankings

Posted Oct. 19, 2010 @ 9:44 a.m. ET
After a shaky start to the season, the Saints are beginning to establish themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders once again, rising five places to sixth in our latest power rankings.

Brees throws 3 TDs, Saints rout Bucs 31-6

Posted Oct. 17, 2010 @ 4:49 p.m. ET
Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 31-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saints DT Ellis disruptive on more consistent basis

Posted Oct. 15, 2010 @ 3:34 p.m. ET
DT Sedrick Ellis is showing the potential that led New Orleans to trade up three spots in the first round to draft him seventh overall in 2008.

Saints sign RB Jones, waive RB Wynn

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 3:27 p.m. ET
The Saints signed RB Julius Jones today as they look to establish a running game with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush recovering from injuries.

America loves 'America's Team'

Posted Oct. 12, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m. ET
A new poll reports that for the fourth year in a row, the Cowboys have been voted as the most popular NFL team.

Saints resilient enough to overcome early-season struggles

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 6:55 p.m. ET
Some are beginning to wonder if the Saints, who fell to 3-2 on Sunday, are going to recapture the form they displayed on their way to winning the Super Bowl last season.

Cards shock Saints in Hall's debut

Posted Oct. 10, 2010 @ 7:48 p.m. ET
Rookie Max Hall completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards, Jay Feely kicked three field goals and the Arizona Cardinals upset the New Orleans Saints 30-20 on Sunday.

Saints FS Sharper says he’s ready, but team not expected to rush return

Posted Oct. 08, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m. ET
The Saints have been careful not to drop any hints when it comes to their plan for FS Darren Sharper, who will be eligible to be activated off the PUP list in Week Seven.

Saints RB Thomas out for Sunday

Posted Oct. 08, 2010 @ 3:56 p.m. ET
Saints starting RB Pierre Thomas will miss Sunday's Week Five game against the Cardinals.

Saints CB Porter out 3-4 Weeks

Posted Oct. 06, 2010 @ 5:53 p.m. ET
Saints CB Tracy Porter will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee.

Even 'elite' teams have major concerns now

Posted Oct. 05, 2010 @ 8:45 p.m. ET
Let's run through PFW’s top five in our power rankings and point out each team’s greatest strength right now and also its biggest shortcoming.

Report: Saints CB Porter to miss 2-4 weeks

Posted Oct. 04, 2010 @ 8:24 p.m. ET
Saints CB Tracy Porter is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after an apparent MCL injury in his left knee, according to PFW correspondent Mike Triplett in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Saints edge Carolina 16-14

Posted Oct. 03, 2010 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
Only days after rejoining the Saints at age 46, John Carney hit three field goals to help New Orleans edge the Carolina Panthers 16-14 on Sunday.

PK Carney active for Saints

Posted Oct. 03, 2010 @ 12:06 p.m. ET
The Saints have decided to activate PK John Carney for their Week Four matchup with the Panthers, while Garrett Hartley will not be in uniform.

Saints WR Meachem looking to shake off slow start

Posted Oct. 01, 2010 @ 10:26 a.m. ET
Saints WR Robert Meachem isn't off to the start some envisioned for him.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

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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