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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

Report: Saints sign PK Carney

Posted Sept. 28, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m. ET
The Saints will carry two kickers on their roster after reportedly signing veteran PK John Carney on Tuesday.

Report: Saints will work out Carney

Posted Sept. 26, 2010 @ 8:22 p.m. ET
Just hours after they lost to the Falcons in overtime, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Saints will work out former kicker John Carney this week.

With Bush out, Moore delivers for Saints

Posted Sept. 26, 2010 @ 5:19 p.m. ET
The Saints needed somebody to step up with RB Reggie Bush due to miss six weeks following a broken fibula. If Sunday was any indication, it looks like WR Lance Moore is going to be that guy.

Bush’s injury creates opportunity for Thomas

Posted Sept. 25, 2010 @ 7:01 p.m. ET
With Reggie Bush expected to be out for about another five weeks or so while his broken leg heals, word is Saints RB Pierre Thomas will play more snaps.

Saints re-sign RB Betts

Posted Sept. 22, 2010 @ 2:03 p.m. ET
With RB Reggie Bush expected to miss up to six weeks recovering from a broken leg, the Saints turned to a familiar face to add depth to their backfield Wednesday.

Report: Bush to miss six weeks

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 12:32 p.m. ET
The Associated Press reports that Saints RB Reggie Bush has a broken fibula and will miss close to six weeks.

Bush hurts leg in Saints' win

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 2:44 a.m. ET
RB Reggie Bush had to leave the Saints' 25-22 victory over the 49ers Monday night due to a right leg injury. He's expected to get X-rays in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Saints' defense shines in win over 49ers

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 12:27 a.m. ET
Garrett Hartley kicked a 37-yard field goal that barely fluttered through as time expired after Drew Brees set it up with a 30-yard completion to Marques Colston, and the Saints spoiled the San Francisco 49ers' home opener with a 25-22 ...

Monday-night game inactives

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 7:14 p.m. ET
The following players are inactive for the Monday night game between the Saints and 49ers.

Saturday injury report for Saints-Niners

Posted Sept. 18, 2010 @ 11:52 p.m. ET
Here is the injury report for the Week Two Monday-night game, New Orleans at San Francisco, showing the status of each injured player and to what degree each participated in his team's practices.

Smaller role grows on Saints RB Bush

Posted Sept. 18, 2010 @ noon ET
Saints RB Reggie Bush has embraced his role, and head coach Sean Payton still thinks very highly of him.

Saints re-sign CB Torrence, cut LB Asiodu

Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 7:34 p.m. ET
The Saints announced Wednesday that the club has re-signed free-agent CB Leigh Torrence and waived LB K.C. Asiodu.

Bush will forfeit 2005 Heisman

Posted Sept. 14, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
Saints RB Reggie Bush released a statement Tuesday announcing his decision to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Week Two power rankings

Posted Sept. 14, 2010 @ 10:22 a.m. ET
The Packers remain top dog in our rankings, but the defending champion Saints leap to No. 2 after a season-opening win over the Vikings.

Players stand as one with sign of solidarity

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 9:22 p.m. ET
As you might have seen prior to the Vikings-Saints game, players collectively decided to show their solidarity in their labor battle against the owners by raising a single finger.

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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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