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Vilma available, but Graham will not be

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints moved linebacker Jonathan Vilma from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster Saturday, meaning he could play today against the Bucs.

But New Orleans' standout tight end, Jimmy Graham, did not make the trip because of his sprained right ankle.

Vilma, who had offseason surgery on his left knee, was suspended for the season because of his role in New Orleans' bounty program. But he can play while he appeals.

Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue will conduct the hearing Oct. 30. So Vilma also will be available for next week's game at the Broncos.

Graham hurt the ankle on Oct. 7 against the Chargers. The Saints hoped the ensuing bye would give him enough time to heal and as late as Friday said they expected him to play.

Ravens activate 2011's top defensive player

HOUSTON — Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who tore his right Achilles tendon in May, was activated from the physically unable to perform list. But Baltimore did not say if he will play today. Suggs, last season's defensive player of the year, returned to practice Wednesday.

To make room, the Ravens released linebacker Sergio Kindle. Baltimore drafted him in the second round (43rd overall) in 2010. Three months later, he suffered a skull fracture when he fell down a flight of stairs. He missed his entire rookie season and played in just two games in 2011. This season, he had appeared in only one game.

Browns: Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was downgraded from doubtful to out. It will be his fourth consecutive game out because of a hamstring injury.

Cowboys: Receiver Dez Bryant will play today despite missing Friday's practice with a sore groin, reported.

Giants: Defensive tackle Chris Canty was activated from the physically unable to perform list and is expected to play today. Canty started every game last season but had offseason knee surgery. He returned to practice last week.

Lions: Cornerback Jacob Lacey will sit out Monday while recovering from a concussion. With Bill Bentley doubtful because of a shoulder injury, Detroit might have only three healthy cornerbacks. Chris Houston will start at one spot and Alphonso Smith or Jonte Green (signed last week) at the other.

Vilma available, but Graham will not be 10/20/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:18pm]
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