Vilma sightings have been at a premium whether at the NFL Headquarters or at the Saints facilities.
Each reporter who has covered the Saints recently has made mention of the fact that Vilma was not on the practice field but was rehabbing in the facility.
It may have seen that he was media shy given his recent, season-long suspension. However, this “shyness” rang hollow given his aggressive defense of his suspension as well as various tweet sightings.
From his recent affidavit, we now know Vilma has been aggressively rehabbing his knee. Vilma injured his knee in September of last year during a non-contact practice drill.
He did not return to the field of play until Week 13 against the Detroit Lions, December 5, 2011. Vilma stated in his affidavit:
“I was affected by that injury throughout the remainder of the season and believe I was only ably to play at 70-75 percent efficiency,” Vilma said in the affidavit. “I was forced to miss five games because of the injury and played in three or four others against the advice of doctors.”
Since the season’s end, he has had three procedures performed on his knee. The first procedure was performed on November 8, 2011, to remove floating particles in the knee.