Apparently the injury to New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma is more serious than originally thought as reports have surfaced that the pro bowl linebacker will be out indefinitely after under going surgery on his left knee.
Vilma has missed three total games this season because of the injury, including two consecutive games against the Falcons and Buccaneers. He has 32 tackles and one forced fumble in the six games he has played in this season.
The Saints though are staying mute on his status and have denied the reports that he actually had the surgery. Originally a “source” close to the situation leaked the information to the New Orleans Times-Picayune staff yesterday.
No one quite knows for sure what the truth is at the moment, or equally what the extent of the injury is, how in-depth the surgery was, and what the subsequent recovery time will before he can get back on the playing field.
Luckily the Saints are entering into their by-week which will allow Vilma more time to heal, whether from surgery or not, and give him nearly a month of recovery time away from football by the time the Saints suit up to face the Giants in week 12.
Vilma has been a force for the Saints defense since bein acquired in a trade from the New York Jets just prior to the start of the 2008 season — since totaling over 100 tackles the last three years.
Without question he has captained the defense and has become defensive coordinator Gregg Williams most utilized tool, but that doesn’t mean the defense can’t function at a high level without him.