New Orleans Saints sign a veteran linebacker who was released by the Texans

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Veteran linebacker Jonathan Vilma is nursing a groin injury and his replacement Jonathan Casillas is out for the season with a foot injury.

Today Saints head coach Sean Payton added veteran linebacker Danny Clark, making his second stint with New Orleans.

The 33-year-old Clark enters his 11th season in the NFL and played with the Saints in 2006.

He was released by the Texans on Sunday.

Meanwhile, coach Payton always seems to find diamonds in the rough and you can add number 67, Junior Galette to that list.

The rookie defensive end was signed as a free agent in May out of Stillman College and his strong suit... his motor never stops.

"I feel like I can contribute so much to the team and feel like I can take lessons from guys like Will Smith, if not arguably the best defensive end in the game I'm learning from right now," Galette said. "It's just a blessing, just a blessing and the motor is something that was always with me, always with me and I'm a hustler and never give up and always refuse to lose."

The Saints and Vikings will provide plenty of excitement.  Minnesota head coach Brad Childress said in last season's NFC title game the Saints defense roughed up Brett Favre.  He said they took playing a rough approach to defense a step too far.  Some rough hits on Favre drew both penalties and fines.

Saints defensive end Will Smith says Favre can expect another physical night in the Superdome.  He says he won't apologize for trying to make the New Orleans defense tougher and nastier.

The Saints have been tabbed five point favorites over the Vikings.

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