Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will reportedly make his season debut on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be added to the 53 man-roster and is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham will not make the trip to Tampa, reports Profootballtalk.com.
Vilma will be seeing his first action of the season after coming off the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury. Vilma was also originally suspended for the season for his role in the bounty scandal. An appeals court eventually overturned that ruling and a hearing on Vilma's suspension for the remainder of the season is set for Oct. 30.
Graham was listed as "questionable" on the Saints injury report this week and practiced on a limited basis this week.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that the team has decided to let Graham rest his injured ankle. He will not be traveling with his teammates to Tampa for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.
Graham has 25 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns this season.