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Report: Jonathan Vilma had surgery

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton said linebacker Jonathan Vilma had not had surgery on his injured knee.

The Times-Picayune now reports that Vilma has had surgery. Vilma didn’t play in Sunday’s victory against Atlanta and also missed the previous game.

Exact details on what was done in the surgery and when it was performed aren’t available. But, if the procedure was minor, the Saints could have Vilma back for their next game.

They have a bye week and don’t play against until they host the New York Giants in a Monday night game. Jo-Lonn Dunbar has been filling in for Vilma at middle linebacker.