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03:13 PM ET 10.17 | Could the Saints finally have linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the lineup when they face the Bucs this weekend? That decision hasn't been made yet but Vilma "looked good" in practice on Wednesday, according to Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer. Playing on Sunday may still be too optimistic - this was his first practice of the season - but Vilma says he'll be ready.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jonathan Vilma, Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE Jonathan Vilma, Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
October 17, 2012  03:16 PM ET

Welcome Back, let's see what all the players on the other side think about you?

October 17, 2012  03:31 PM ET

Interim-interim headcoach Kromer's opinion about what makes a good practice carries no weight at all.

October 17, 2012  04:25 PM ET

They admittedly celebrated hits that knocked players out of games and caused injuries, awarded money for doing so, but don't think that they should be penalized for it? Makes no sense. Somebody needs to tell the Union that the guys that Vilma and company were targeting are members, too. I'd love to see Drew Brees react to having a similar bounty on his head/legs and to seeing players attempting to hurt him the way the Saints went after Brett Favre in that NFC title game.

October 17, 2012  05:12 PM ET

Vilma reminds me of a jailhouse lawyer who is absolutely certain that he has uncovered a loophole that will be his get-out-of-jail-free card.

October 17, 2012  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They admittedly celebrated hits that knocked players out of games and caused injuries, awarded money for doing so, but don't think that they should be penalized for it? Makes no sense. Somebody needs to tell the Union that the guys that Vilma and company were targeting are members, too. I'd love to see Drew Brees react to having a similar bounty on his head/legs and to seeing players attempting to hurt him the way the Saints went after Brett Favre in that NFC title game.

The union is all about who can pay their dues. Union members not collecting game checks aren't of much use to them.

October 17, 2012  07:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The union is all about who can pay their dues. Union members not collecting game checks aren't of much use to them.

Frank Gore is still collecting a game check. Again, I'd LOVE to hear Drew Brees' opinion on the matter from the other side. If he had been illegally hit all game and was injured, then later found out that there was money on his head, I'd love to hear him defend the tactics. It's a complete joke. I'm not a huge fan of Goodell's by any means, but this crap needed struck down and struck down HARD. Football is dangerous sport when playing legally. There's no reason to make it worse by offering money to hurt people. The Saints aren't denying this. Their argument is that it shouldn't be a salary cap issue, which is how they won the first appeal. They're just trying to spin it and claim that it proves that they're innocent, which simply isn't true. They're lucky that they're even allowed to continue playing after that. You're risking a guy's career with that crap.

October 17, 2012  09:54 PM ET

Maybe someone will take out Vilma's knee pro bono!

October 17, 2012  09:55 PM ET

Maybe someone will take out Vilma's knee pro bono!

October 17, 2012  10:19 PM ET

stupid spinny thing....

October 18, 2012  01:45 AM ET

oh boy...time to make those pansy bucs cry...

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October 18, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Vilma might just have a target all over his jersey and had better have his neck on a swivel.

October 18, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Vilma reminds me of a jailhouse lawyer who is absolutely certain that he has uncovered a loophole that will be his get-out-of-jail-free card.

If this case was the slam-dunk it was supposed to be then it would have gone away by now and they'd all be serving their suspensions quietly...but I have to guess that it isn't so simple?

October 18, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Vilma-fied.

October 18, 2012  12:38 PM ET

There does seem to be something that hasn't come out yet

October 18, 2012  02:02 PM ET

I am confused though, I thought Goody re suspended him

 
October 19, 2012  12:24 AM ET

This scumbag better stay suspended and serve out his sentence. Its disgusting he keeps trying to sue his way out of his deserved punishment... and he got off easy too, should have been suspended for life.

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