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Saints rule out LB Vilma with balky left knee

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New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who wa doubtful for Sunday's game with the Houston Texans, has been ruled out, the team announced.'s Steve Wyche reported Vilma was on the field warming up, but has not practiced all week with a balky left knee. He was wearing a soft brace on the knee and -- oddly as it sounds -- the team's regular black and gold striped game socks.

He was seen moving very gingerly and was not going through drills anywhere near full speed.

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