New Orleans Saints head trainer Scottie Patton comes to Jonathan Vilma’s rescue

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August 21, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back P.J. Hill (32) is tended to by trainers after injuring his right arm during the second half of a 38-20 win by the New Orleans Saints over the Houston Texans during a preseason game at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

 

A Saints driven rehabilitation is just what the doctor ordered for linebacker Jonathan Vilma.  His 2011 knee injury obtained during a week two, non-contact practice drill resulted in two surgeries, and extensive recovery. However,  Vilma’s season-long suspension has left the linebacker with concern of permanent, extensive damage if he is denied the ability to rehabilitate with Saints medical staff.

The NFL has filed in opposition of expediting the  temporary restraining order with the argument that Vilma has access to Saints trainers under “certain circumstances.”

These limits are what have left Patton concerned as NFL attorneys have stated that, “while Mr. Vilma may not attend the Club facility, he can rehabilitate and condition at a private facility and Saints trainers and physicians can monitor and help guide his rehabilitation there.”

Scottie Patton, New Orleans Saints head trainer, filed a sworn affidavit today in support of Jonathan Vilma’s request to expedite a temporary restraining order against his year long, league suspension.

“As a result of the suspension, Mr. Vilma is barred from entering into the Saints training facility and, most importantly from my standpoint, the suspension effectively prohibits my staff and me from assisting Mr. Vilma in helping him to recover from a serious knee injury,” Patton states in the affidavit.

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  • larryjames836

    The owners need to step up and put the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in his place they don’t need the NFL to be that harsh. If the owners do not step up Goodell are going to broke the NFL down. Roger Goodell are using this CBA as his shield he is know good for the NFL players legs are important to them what if he has serious medical problems with his legs. I don’t care if there was a bounty program these players are not animals now days the animals has more rights than people’s. And anyone out there think Roger Goodell is right at what he is doing you just as sick as he is. And you owners these players are you guys material you owners suppose to stand up for these players. All of the players from all 32 teams need to strike on the NFL take it into a lockout I’m on the real this don’t make scent. Like I said all players you guys are in trouble one day you might be like Vilma its time to stand up for you guys medical benefits back its something about this CBA its not benefiting the players its covering the NFL not giving the players know rights it is against the players.