Saints LB Vilma says he ‘feels good enough to play’; RB Ingram out

Saints LB Vilma says he ‘feels good enough to play’; RB Ingram out

Saints LB Vilma says he ‘feels good enough to play’; RB Ingram out

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Posted on November 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 4 at 2:56 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter

METAIRIE, La. – Running back Mark Ingram will miss his second straight game after missing every practice the past two weeks.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, meanwhile, didn’t practice Friday but is listed as questionable.

Coach Sean Payton said they’ll work Vilma out prior to Sunday’s noon game against Tampa Bay before deciding whether he’ll play or not.

Vilma said he feels good enough to play, though he told Joe Vitt, the linebackers coach, to take him out if he was hurting the team.

“My biggest thing is, as long as I’m not hurting the team,” Vilma said. “I told Joe Vitt, my linebackers coach, to let me know the moment I am. Because that’s bad business right there, you can’t do that.”

The knee injury has been the longest lingering one of his career he said, but he added that nothing they’ve done this week in getting him ready to go has been different from the previous five weeks.

“It has been the same regiment,” Vilma said. “My routine has been the same. And Sunday, I’ve usually been working out anyway just to make sure everything is OK. So, it will be the same thing, I guess.”
He was on the practice field this week, but he didn’t participate in team drills, the criteria set forth for being labeled DNP, at all this week.

It’s only the second time this year that has happened; the previous time was the week of the Houston game, the only game he has missed this season.

Ingram, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon.

Everyone else on the roster was listed as probable.

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