NEW ORLEANS — If the Saints decide Jonathan Vilma is ready, the embattled linebacker will take the field in Tampa Bay on Sunday for the first time this season.
It might also be the last time, depending on how things go at NFL headquarters and in federal court.
On Monday, Vilma again asked a federal judge to overturn his recently re-issued suspension in the NFL’s bounty probe of the Saints, and the NFL Players Association made a similar request on behalf of three other players.
None of the four players’ suspensions are currently being enforced, but that could change as early as next week. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has scheduled the players’ appeal hearings for Oct. 23.