New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma appears likely to miss his first game due to injury since he joined the Saints in 2008. He's listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans after missing practice again on Friday with an unspecified knee injury.
Losing the three-time Pro Bowler would be a big blow to the Saints, especially against a potent and balanced offensive team like the Texans. But the Saints do have faith in experienced backup Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who played well last week against the Chicago Bears.
"I think we feel real good about our depth," Saints Coach Sean Payton said. "It's no different than any other injury. It's the next guy up to step in. (Dunbar) has prepared well, and he's had a good week of practice, so he'll be ready."