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              === Report: Saints LB Vilma to have knee surgery ===
 
 (Sports   Network)  -  New  Orleans  Saints  linebacker  Jonathan  Vilma  will
 reportedly undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday.
 
 According to NFL.com, citing an unnamed source who was informed of the injury,
 Vilma opted for the minor surgery after traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday
 for  a second  opinion. He is expected  to miss the rest of the preseason, but
 should be ready for the Saints' Week 1 contest against the Falcons.
 
 Vilma  played  in 11 games last  season, starting 10, and recorded 20 tackles,
 one sack and one touchdown.
 
 
 08/15 12:44:59 ET