Wednesday, 05 January 2011 15:16
New Orleans Saints Jon Vilma Replaces Patrick Willis In Pro Bowl
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jon Vilma has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for the 49ers' Patrick Willis, who has a surgically repaired hand.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 30 in Honolulu.


Vilma wrote on his verified Twitter account on Tuesday night: "Thanks guys for the congrats on the probowl but there's a diff bowl I can't wait to get to..."

 

The New Orleans Saints are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC playoffs.
SOME hither, others yon: A former John Curtis and USC standout had a big finale for the Jets -- and it wasn't Mark Sanchez. Third-string running back Joe McKnight gained 158 yards on 32 carries in a 38-7 win over Buffalo, basically a glorified exhibition game. "I just wanted to go out there and do what I had to do and prove everybody wrong," said McKnight. "I just wanted to run through the tackles and show them I could do it." McKnight arrived in the Jets camp as a high-profile, fourth-round draft choice out of USC, but he entered minicamp in terrible shape, threw up during practice, fumbled three times during the preseason and became the butt of jokes. "He's the one who made himself better," said Jets coach Rex Ryan. "He humbled himself. Now you see we were so excited todrft him. He jsut needed an opportunity. "He earned his way into the doghouse, then earned his way out of it...

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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