Saints: Jonathan Vilma will not start

TAMPA, Fla. – At least according to their pre-game press release, the New Orleans Saints will not start linebacker Jonathan Vilma against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vilma was activated from the physically unable to perform list Saturday. Although linebacker David Hawthorne is inactive due to injury, the Saints are saying Will Herring will start in his place. But Vilma likely will get some playing time as a backup. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that the Saints plan to give Vilma 20 to 30 plays.

I’m at Raymond James Stadium and I’ll also be keeping an eye on the game between Carolina and Dallas on television. I’ll be back with halftime observations on the Saints and Bucs and will weigh in if anything significant develops before then.

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