Former New Orleans Saints inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma is visiting the Atlanta Falcons, according to a league source.

The Falcons have a glaring need at linebacker since Sean Weatherspoon is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Vilma played just a dozen snaps last season before being placed on injured reserve.

Vilma had been on injured reserve-designated to return after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, which has caused him problems for years.

Since 2011, he's had four knee surgeries on his left knee.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.