Jonathan Vilma has knee surgery

Despite earlier denials by the club, a league source confirmed Sunday that New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has had knee surgery. Vilma was inactive again Sunday in the Saints 26-23 overtime victory over Atlanta.

The injury had clearly bothered Vilma for weeks. He was inactive for the Houston Texans in week three and had diminished on-field effectiveness in subsequent games. It also led to the Saints making Vilma inactive last week against Tampa Bay.

There had been considerable speculation about Vilma's status since he has not only missed several practices but was also unable to attend his foundation's annual fundraising dinner at Morton's last week.

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