An affidavit filed by Saints trainer Scottie Patton revealed that Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma has undergone three procedures on his left knee since November.
The only surgery previously reported was the November scope to "clean out floating particles" in the knee. On January 25 Vilma underwent osteoarticular transfer system surgery (OATS) to extract cartilage from one part of the knee and place it in the weight-bearing section where cartilage was lost. After struggling to run this offseason, Vilma traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany in early July for experimental high level platelet-rich plasma therapy. Vilma testified via affidavit that he was able to run again "immediately" after the third procedure. This news suggests the signing of Curtis Lofton was more about Vilma's knee than his standing with the league office.