Of all that has come out of the NFL and Jonathan Vilma’s court filings, the most intriguing might just be the extent with which the linebacker was injured this past season.
In an affidavit filed by Saints trainer Scottie Patton on Tuesday, Vilma’s injury is once again described in depth, backing up what the linebacker described Monday in his of affidavit.
According to Patton’s affidavit, Vilma originally injured his knee on Sept. 16 during a non-contact drill in practice. The injury ultimately forced him to miss five games during the 2011 campaign.
Vilma’s affidavit on Monday said, “I was only able to play at 70-75 percent efficiency.”
Patton said in the affidavit that he worked with Vilma twice a day during the season, analyzing how the knee was coming along during rehabilitation. Vilma was forced to sit out during practices when the trainer thought he shouldn’t work out.
“There was no doubt that Mr. Vilma would need to undergo major surgery during the off-season in order to repair his knee,” Patton said.
Vilma had knee surgery on Nov. 8 during the Saints’ bye week to clean out his knee, a procedure Patton described as needed in order to “clean out floating particles from his knee.”
“With the pain Mr. Vilma was suffering, and the condition of his knee, I doubt if Mr. Vilma could have continued to play without the arthroscopic surgery,” Patton said.
According to the affidavit, Vilma underwent surgery on Jan. 25, a procedure that removed cartilage from the “non-weight bearing side of his knee” and transferred it to the weight-bearing part.
But Patton said Vilma was having trouble getting to the “full running” stage of his recovery, a fact that forced the linebacker to go to Dusseldorf, Germany to receive treatment from Dr. Peter Wehling.
The procedure, Vilma said, was suggested to him by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
In Germany, Patton said Wehling put Vilma through a procedure that “uses a patient’s own blood, separates the anti-inflammatories from the blood, and then injects the anti-inflammatories back to the patient.”
“The pain in the knee immediately lessened, the swelling went down and, for the first time in six months, I was able to run again,” Vilma said.
The Saints signed linebacker Curtis Lofton during free agency, a move that might have been more about Vilma’s knee than his season-long suspension.