The New Orleans Saints placed linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Monday, making him ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.
Vilma had originally been suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2012 season, before an appeals panel overturned the suspensions levied by Goodell. Consequently, Vilma was eligible to play immediately in Week 1, but the Saints placed him on the exempt list on Saturday.
Vilma has undergone multiple knee surgeries since November 2011, and isn't fully healthy yet. Vilma doesn't currently have a timeframe for return, but since he is on the PUP list, he cannot return to action prior to Week 6.
New Orleans's defense certainly struggled against Washington on Sunday, surrendering 40 points to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. The Saints could certainly use Vilma, but they'll have to wait until at least Week 7 before he's back on the field.
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