METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The status of Saints receiver Marques Colston and linebacker Jonathan Vilma remained unclear as New Orleans wound down its week of preparation for Sunday's game against the Jets in New York.
Colston, who has only six catches for 44 yards in his past three games, missed Friday's practice with an unspecified knee injury.
Vilma has practiced the past two weeks without any apparent limitations and is eligible for the first time this season to come off of short-term injured reserve. However, coach Sean Payton has not indicated whether he'll make such a move.
Vilma said he has rehabilitated fully from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in August.
"Fortunately, I was able to take that long, almost like an extended rehab period," Vilma said, referring to the Saints' decision to place him on short-term injured reserve, which prevented him from practicing until the eighth week of the season.
"I wanted to try to rush and get back, but it was definitely for the better that now I'm able to come back and able to just go out there and run, run around and get back into football shape, get my angles down and my timing.
"I know I'm feeling good running around, and I think I look good on film. It's really up to coach to decide when I can play."
In order for Vilma to rejoin the active roster, someone would have to be cut. The Saints did not make any official roster moves Friday. However, defensive back Chris Carr's agent, Buddy Baker, wrote on the social media website Twitter that Carr was going to be released by the Saints.
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