The New Orleans Saints activated linebacker Jonathan Vilma to their 53-man roster, the team announced Saturday.
Cornerback Chris Carr was waived to make room for Vilma.
Vilma was placed on injured reserve/eligible to return during the preseason after he had arthroscopic knee surgery. He began practicing last week.
Sunday's game against the New York Jets is the first game for which Vilma is eligible to return.
"It's one of those, hey, let me get out here and practice," Vilma told the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Friday. "(General manager) Mickey (Loomis) and (coach) Sean (Payton) both said they wanted to see me practice and see how I'm running around and take it from there. It's a simple: OK, I've been running around, and I feel good running around. If they decide to activate me, then they activate me."
Defensive end Tyrunn Walker, who was previously listed as questionable on the team's injury report with a knee injury, was ruled out and did not make the trip to New Jersey.