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Jonathan Vilma makes big play early in first game of 2012 season

Maggie Hendricks
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Jonathan Vilma made an immediate impact in his first game this season. Vilma, who was both rehabbing a knee injury and appealing a suspension because of his alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, was moved from the physically-unable-to-play list to the Saints' 53-man roster on Wednesday.

Though the linebacker didn't start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vilma made a big play early. He hit Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman, forcing an incomplete pass.

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