New Orleans Saints linebacker
“Thanks everyone for the well wishes,” Vilma tweeted early Friday morning. “Time to grind away at rehab then cheer my boys on tonight! #WhoDat”
Vilma last participated in practice on Tuesday before flying out to Philadelphia for his procedure on Wednesday.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton did not provide a timetable for Vilma’s return after Thursday’s practice but added that Vilma’s absence gives the coaching staff more time and film to review the younger and less known linebackers.
“A guy like Jon Vilma, I know exactly what we have in that player,” said Payton. “So it gives us a chance to see not only
As a Saint, Vilma has started in 68 of 69 games played over five years. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has posted 528 tackles, eight sacks, six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles during that span.
Vilma has been voted by his teammates as a defensive team captain for the past four campaigns. Through an aggressive and ardent rehabilitation program last season, the former University of Miami (Fla.) standout made a successful return to the lineup in week six, as he transitioned to the weakside position in the remaining 11 games and posted 49 tackles (21 solo), one sack, one interception return for touchdown and three passes defensed.