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Jonathan Vilma done for season

METAIRIE, La. -- Jonathan Vilma's comeback was short-lived.

The New Orleans Saints placed the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season after just one game and casting doubt on whether the 31-year-old will be able to return from a nagging knee injury.

The Saints have not offered any details on Wednesday's decision. Vilma didn't suffer any noticeable setback during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the New York Jets, but it's possible that his knee didn't respond well enough during or after the game.

Vilma was activated last week from the short-term injured reserve list after recovering from a minor knee surgery in the preseason. He played 12 snaps against the Jets and made one tackle.

When asked for his assessment of Vilma on Monday, coach Sean Payton said, "He looked OK, rusty. There are some things that we have to get cleaned up, and I'm sure he will."

Vilma said in the postgame locker room that he was feeling good. But he added, "I think [Monday] will be a good test and Wednesday when we come back to practice. It will be another big test to see how the knee feels."

The left knee injury has plagued Vilma on and off since Week 2 of the 2011 season. He has had at least four procedures done on the knee -- including an experimental blood-spinning procedure in Germany in 2012 that has been also performed on such notable athletes as Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez.

Vilma returned midway through the 2012 season and played in 11 games. And he remained healthy through most of the 2013 offseason before the knee began swelling again during training camp.

Before the injury, Vilma was at his peak. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl in both 2009 and 2010 while helping lead the Saints to a Super Bowl championship in the '09 season. He began his career with the Jets, where he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

The former Miami Hurricanes standout has 871 tackles, 12 interceptions, 10.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in 10 seasons.