Vilma would be able to return to practice after Week 6 and get back on the field after Week 8. Vilma will be eligible to return after six weeks. We’re a couple of days closer to that game and Vilma’s presence in the lineup is looking unlikely. What’s more, Garafolo reports that Vilma is likely to miss at least a few games before he’ll join Junior Galette’s quest to dominate the NFC South this season. Losing Vilma for half the year because of knee problems will force the Saints to plug David Hawthorne into the starting lineup next to Curtis Lofton, stretching thin a group that wasn’t deep to begin with. The Saints have already lost outside linebacker Will Smith and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the year, with outside linebacker Victor Butler a longshot to return from the PUP list.