September 25, 2011

Vilma out vs. Texans

While the Saints gain starting RDE Will Smith back from suspension, they've lost team captain Jonathan Vilma.

The Saints' defensive stalwart, who hadn't missed a game due to injury before as a Saint, warmed up on the sidelines but was inactive after injuring his left knee against Chicago last week.  He had been unable to practice this week.

MLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar started in his place.

Inactive for the Saints are DE Jeff Charleston, WR Marques Colston (collar bone), Garrett Hartley (hip), DT Tom Johnson, CB Tracy Porter, C Matt Tennant, and Vilma (left knee).

For the Texans, starting RB Arian Foster is inactive after rushing his return from a hamstring injury last week.  Backup RB Derrick Ward is also out with an ankle injury, but the Texans have rookie Ben Tate and veteran Steve Slaton in a loaded backfield where starters are interchangeable.

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