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Saints Training Camp Recap, 8/15/13: Jonathan Vilma Undergoes "Clean Up" Knee Surgery

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The surgery is being performed to reduce some of the swelling and discomfort he's been experiencing in the knee. He's expected to miss the remainder of the preseason and return for the regular season home opener against the Falcons.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a> Quit speaking of yourself in 3rd person. Boom!</p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/367789227418730496">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54">@wherring54</a> Jonathan says you have 2 more pushups to do. Boom!</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/367987290238627840">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a> Will has no comeback for that one.</p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/368060397766463488">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Halftime adjustment with the help of a little GOLD paint! Now, the Reebok NANU3 is ready!! &quot;WHO DAT&quot; <a href="http://t.co/fz2gkuh8Ab">pic.twitter.com/fz2gkuh8Ab</a></p>&mdash; Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton/statuses/368072700930957313">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have moved into regular season media mode. That means we only see ~30 of practice...basically stretching &amp; individual period.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/368102585602818049">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDuncan_">@JeffDuncan_</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Falcons&amp;src=hash">#Falcons</a> fans ranked 31st .... <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> rank 4th in NFL fan support, loyalty, according to: <a href="http://t.co/8G0aFgkpgj">http://t.co/8G0aFgkpgj</a>"&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/368101256432078848">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TBT&amp;src=hash">#TBT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RookieYr&amp;src=hash">#RookieYr</a> Should I bring it back? <a href="http://t.co/MqorsB3831">http://t.co/MqorsB3831</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/368096453987926016">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL wants commish to maintain authority to hear appeals of non-analytical positives under new policy. <a href="http://t.co/0uEH1ZuGuq">http://t.co/0uEH1ZuGuq</a></p>&mdash; Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsLawGuy/statuses/368095267842560000">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Feels great to be back with my teammates <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/368095117883617280">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Enjoying a little down time before our final practice B4 Oakland.It was between candy crush or playing my guitar <a href="http://t.co/93QNklmDqV">pic.twitter.com/93QNklmDqV</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/368094821065322496">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Winning as a team is also taking a stand and playing fair. Join the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BeaStar&amp;src=hash">#BeaStar</a> team and beat bullying with the <a href="https://twitter.com/WWE">@WWE</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCreativeC">@TheCreativeC</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/368092325232123906">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bobby &amp; Deke interview <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> DL Tyrunn Walker <a href="https://twitter.com/twalker337">@twalker337</a> at Training Camp <a href="http://t.co/uOnauFQkvS">http://t.co/uOnauFQkvS</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/368087954075316225">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Life is too short to waste a single second with anyone who doesn&#39;t appreciate or value you.</p>&mdash; Jeremy Shockey (@JeremyShockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeremyShockey/statuses/368085906798157824">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Per a league source, and in line with our report Monday, commish power over appeals that inv the law stands in the way of hgh testing now.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368075526109679616">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Part of the league/NFLPA has players testing positive during the population study not being suspended, but entered into the drug program.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368076060749201408">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>... What that means is their next offense would be treated as a second offense, and merit an 8-game suspension.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368076261132087296">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Again, parties have been close for a few weeks. Procedural stuff is done. Unsurprisingly, commish power over appeals is final battleground.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368076602246434816">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So again, if a guy comes up positive during the population study, he&#39;s entered into the program -- more random tests, 8-game suspension next</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368079427009527808">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Appeals on cases involving the law, evidentiary cases are the ones preventing an agreement now. Biogenesis-type things fall under latter.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368079975494471680">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My impression is, after BountyGate, the NFLPA would have a serious, serious problem selling giving commish any appeal power to its members.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/368081101014986752">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Please read my latest Truth In The Game blog, &quot;Just Running Plays&quot;, and many others at <a href="http://t.co/LbPb4cOJh6">http://t.co/LbPb4cOJh6</a>. Feedback welcome!</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/368074042508472320">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jim Henderson and <a href="https://twitter.com/jdrescher88">@jdrescher88</a> on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast. LISTEN: <a href="http://t.co/B1GXAuc1Gu">http://t.co/B1GXAuc1Gu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368071158597316608">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> training camp photos: <a href="http://t.co/idDBeokOF4">http://t.co/idDBeokOF4</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368068024042913793">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4">@KennyVaccaro4</a> in SI <a href="http://t.co/wIVsmZyBJ1">pic.twitter.com/wIVsmZyBJ1</a></p>&mdash; PJ (@PJdeuce) <a href="https://twitter.com/PJdeuce/statuses/368036629874610176">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Managing expectations for VIlma moving forward: <a href="http://t.co/x85YuzkdHq">http://t.co/x85YuzkdHq</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/368055670165106688">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We are giving away an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans for Joe Horn&#39;s Bayou87 Celebration Weekend. If you... <a href="http://t.co/XDPodRt2cZ">http://t.co/XDPodRt2cZ</a></p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/statuses/368054138568863744">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23YouKnowYoureASaintsFan&amp;src=hash">#YouKnowYoureASaintsFan</a> when you get your arm signed by <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> so you can have it tattooed <a href="https://t.co/zzopcqZLQT">https://t.co/zzopcqZLQT</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/368053791095918592">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gotta love it .....up and running <a href="http://t.co/tWlislSBx1">pic.twitter.com/tWlislSBx1</a></p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/statuses/368052097737969664">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Interesting that left tackle was the major position battle going into camp and that&#39;s turned out to be no competition at all.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/367996344172281856">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>&quot;Happiness depends upon ourselves&quot;&#10;-Aristotle&#10;&#10;Harder in Camp but still true!&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BeHappy&amp;src=hash">#BeHappy</a></p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/statuses/367990331163156481">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>THIS. Got too close to that metal post... "<a href="https://twitter.com/gvtalk">@gvtalk</a>: As I watched the Drew Brees water belly slide I was holding Rosary Beads.."</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/statuses/367988391419191297">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton on the <a href="https://twitter.com/TBDintheAM">@TBDintheAM</a> says the defense has gotten the better of the offense in 2 of the last 3 practices</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367971390328016897">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton mentions David Hawthorne and Kenny Vaccaro as 2 of the players that have stood out during camp</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/367972298738761729">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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Jonathan Vilma tweeted late Wednesday afternoon that reports of him being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles were incorrect. He was heading to Philadelphia for another reason.

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is having knee surgery Thursday in Philadelphia, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter t…

Inside linebacker was one of New Orleans Saints' biggest question marks even before Jonathan Vilma's surgery | NOLA.com
Saints' best chance of having some star power at weak-side position next to Curtis Lofton is for Vilma to heal up and return to form

Vilma has knee surgery, expected back for opener | ProFootballTalk
There’s also a reasonable question of how good a fit he is in a 3-4 defense, and that question will now have to be answered without the benefit of preseason snaps to work on it.

Jimmy Graham: We’re more dynamic offensively than we’ve ever been | ProFootballTalk
The prospect of a Saints offense that’s more dynamic than it has been in the past is one that should make for some uncomfortable defensive coordinators around the league. And if Graham’s read is correct, it should make for a pretty good year to use as a springboard for talks on a contract extension.

Charles Brown takes care of Saints competition | ProFootballTalk
What was supposed to be a competition for one of the most important jobs in the NFL has turned into a non-issue in New Orleans. Thanks to a solid camp, Saints holdover Charles Brown has walked away with the starting left tackle job, ahead of former No.

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moosedenied " Blog Archive " Still Two Miracles Short of Sainthood
Welp, that happened. Not sure what it was supposed to be, but hey, the Saints "won" so… um… cha-ching? Or something?

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It was already a tall order for Seneca Wallace to learn the New Orleans Saints’ offense well enough to prove he deserves to be quarterback …

From the Coach’s Office: Special Team Position Decisions After Kansas City
Whenever there is a question at New Orleans Saints Training Camp about a player's chances of making the final roster, special team ability is always included in the discussion. This is especially true when the secondary, linebacker and wide receiver positions are analyzed.

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New Orleans Saints rookie report: Eric Martin
Eric Martin met with NewOrleansSaints.com after Wednesday's practice.

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NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell discuss the possible impact of Jonathan Vilma's knee injury and the development of the Saints' young receivers. Also see who's the leader at left tackle. Tune in every weekday for your daily snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

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After offseason purge of veterans, Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen more in his element in year two

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The Raiders' coaches have been preaching to players all training camp that this year is not a rebuilding year, that they have the talent to win now. In either case, the club lost a key component Wednesday.

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Around the league

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Erstwhile Honey Badger earning supporters inside and out of Arizona locker room.

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Chris Ivory is known mostly as a power back, but the Jet has flashed something else in his first two days of full practice after returning from a hamstring strain: quickness. "He is a power guy . . . but he has good speed to step around people," running backs coach Anthony Lynn said.

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Meanwhile, ex-player Solomon Wilcots says he'd volunteer 'in a heartbeat' for the trial.

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Of all the so-called "stories" coming out of Jets training camp, the one that really needs to be addressed more is the health of one Chris Ivory.