Reports: Jonathan Vilma headed to IR

The news that wide receiver Robert Meachem is returning to the New Orleans Saints could have a downside to it.

To make room for Meachem on the roster, the Saints reportedly are placing linebacker Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve and designating him to return. Vilma will be eligible to return after six weeks.

Vilma had knee surgery in August and has been bothered by knee problems in recent seasons. David Hawthorne is expected to take Vilma’s place at inside linebacker.