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                         === Saints LB Vilma active ===
 
 Tampa,  FL (Sports  Network) - New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is
 active for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
 The  Saints activated  Vilma from  the physically  unable to  perform list  on
 Saturday.
 
 Vilma, who was the central figure of the NFL's bounty scandal, was rehabbing a
 knee  injury that  sidelined him  for five  games last  season and  eventually
 required three operations in an eight-month span.
 
 He  was put on the  PUP list at the start of the second week of the NFL season
 in  September,  only after  an arbitration appeals  panel overturned the first
 suspension issued by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in May.
 
 Vilma  was  again suspended  for  the  season  by  Goodell when  he  re-issued
 penalties  for  the scandal  earlier this  month, but  quickly appealed and is
 eligible  to play until his hearing. The nine-year veteran said earlier in the
 week he planned to play Sunday after being cleared to practice.
 
 Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will hear the next appeal on Oct. 30.
 
 
 
 10/21 11:41:19 ET