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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma placed on injured reserve

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Jonathan Vilma recorded two total tackles against the New York Jets on Sunday

The New Orleans Saints have placed LB Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve, Coach Sean Payton announced after Thursday’s practice.

In Vilma’s place, the Saints re-signed DB Chris Carr.

The Saints activated Vilma to the active roster from Reserve Injured (Eligible to Return) last Saturday.

Vilma played against the Jets on Sunday and recorded two tackles (one solo).

Vilma was very candid about his health in an interview at his Morton’s Celebrity Servers media event two weeks ago.

“If my knee says no, I told Sean (Payton) that I would be honest and let him know that my knee is saying no more. I am assuming I would be put on IR and we would go from there,” Vilma said at the event.

As a Saint, Vilma has started in 68 of 70 games played over five years. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has posted 530 tackles, eight sacks, six interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles during that span.

The 31-year-old 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. He played for the Jets from 2004-2007 before being traded to the Saints.

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