Report: Vilma could miss a few games

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports,  Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma could end up missing a few games after undergoing a knee procedure this preseason.

 Jonathan Vilma was looking forward to starting the 2013 season on a much better note than how 2012 began for him and the Bountygate-affected New Orleans Saints.

That won’t be the case for the veteran linebacker, as he won’t play Sunday in the Saints’ opener against theAtlanta Falcons, a source told FOX Sports.

And there’s even worse news for the 31-year-old Vilma, who is recovering from a procedure on his ailing knee: He’s likely to miss at least a few games, per the source.

Vilma underwent the procedure in mid-August after being affected by the balky knee for most of last season. Vilma missed the Saints’ first five games last year and was limited in his practice time the rest of the way. His latest knee procedure led to some reports he would be ready to go Week 1.

But that won’t happen, and there’s reason to wonder how much Vilma will be able to play this season, period.

“I think it’s speculation right now,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton, via FOXSports.com. “We’ll see. I’ll have more when we get to commenting on injured players later in the week.”