Fleur-de-Links - Oct 19th: Sharper and Ingram Set to Hit the Practice Field Tomorrow

After sitting on the sideline through the first six games, Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram have now been deemed healthy enough to start practicing with the team and possibly suiting up on game day. With the way Malcolm Jenkins has been improving, it'll be interesting to see if Sharper will immediately get his starting job back. All eyes will be on D Sharp tomorrow to see how well he can play after being on the PUP list all this time.

In my last post on Friday, I said if ever there was a time for Chris Ivory to have a breakout game it was against the Bucs. Boy did he come through! I mostly said that because he was basically my only option this week at RB for one of my fantasy teams and he helped me win by a mere two points. Thanks, Tusk!

TWEETS:

scottshanle how about rodney harrison..guy voted dirtiest player in league year after year and he is advocate for helmet to helmet suspensions

jeffduncantp FYI: RT @TonyGrossi: Tues. tidbit: #Browns face Saints Sun., 3rd year in row they faced defending champs. Beat Giants in 08, Steelers in '09

reggie_bush Good morning! Have a blessed day!

LanceMoore16 Getting things done today.

HeathEvans "@AdamSchein: only brandon meriweather's hit from this weekend should equal a suspension, in my (cont) http://tl.gd/6iaouf

alexbrown96 Wow!! They should look at my dude @bobbymccray RT @TheRedzoneorg: Bears release DE Charles Grant http://tinyurl.com/372wrd5 #NFL #Bears

alexbrown96 That will be the Who Dat Nation!!RT @usnikefootball: Nike FB is at Cowboys Stadium, some1 will finish as champions http://twitpic.com/2z1u3d

jeffduncantp Doubtful. RT @BrandonCunn92: @jeffduncantp Do you think Clint Ingram could play this week?

jeffduncantp Payton said he wanted to "lighten the load" for Morstead. @oceanback: Why was Hartley kicking off against the Bucs and not the punter?

jeffduncantp Pierre, maybe. Bush, unlikely. Best bet for him is PITT or CAR. RT @arnaud337: what about bush or Pierre?

reggie_bush Going to the Dentist I think I have to get a root canal! SMH! No fun! I wanna try out Invisiline...

reggie_bush I think the worst pain I've been in above and beyond anything I've ever experienced was having all 4 wisdom teeth pulled at once! Terrible!

reggie_bush Ok so now y'all trying to act like I'm the only one who was in pain when I got my teeth pulled? SMH! If only we had a camera!

HeathEvans (AUDIO) Heath Evans #ESPN radio interivew - http://ht.ly/2W3Pr What are your thoughts on #nfl helmet to helmet hits?

JasonLaCanfora Bears announce they have elevated DE Barry Turner to the active roster from the practice squad and released DE Charles Grant. 

reggie_bush I don't understand how people say they had no pain when getting 4 or 5 teeth pulled at once? Y'all full of it! Lol!

JasonLaCanfora Steelers James Harrison fined $75K and Falcons Dunta Robinson fined $50K for helmet-to-helmet hits.

 

SHARPER AND INGRAM FINALLY OFF PUP LIST:

Sharper, Ingram close to returns - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints will have a couple of new but veteran faces on the practice field Wednesday.

Saints clear Sharper for return to practice
New Orleans Saints All-Pro free safety Darren Sharper said he has been cleared to resume practicing this week, moving the 14-year veteran one step closer to perhaps rejoining the 53-man roster. Sharper told NewOrleans.Com Monday afternoon that he will practice this week and his roster status will be determined perhaps as early as Friday.

Saints: Sharper, Ingram could soon return to practice | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Free safety Darren Sharper and outside linebacker Clint Ingram could return as soon as Tuesday.

New Orleans Saints poised to get much better very soon | NOLA.com
Coach Sean Payton has some roster decisions to make

Darren Sharper, Clint Ingram set to begin practicing with the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
When the New Orleans Saints return to the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparation for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, safety Darren Sharper and linebacker Clint Ingram are expected to make their first appearance in team drills.

 

SAINTS @ BUCS:

New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneeers film study | NOLA.com
Saints re-established themselves as team to beat in NFC South

NFC South Week 6 decisive moment - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Early in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the New Orleans Saints finally started to look like the team that won the Super Bowl last season. The big play, which had been noticeably absent from the offense most of the season, made a sudden return.

2theadvocate.com | Sports | Payton says romp over Bucs just one win — Baton Rouge, LA
"It’s one win," Payton said. "It was good, especially that it was a division game. We don’t look at it and try to compare this year’s team to last year’s team. We just try to look at it and say, ‘Are we making progress? Are we getting better? Do we feel like there was improvement? Are we playing as well as we feel like we can play?’

Back on track? | theadvertiser.com | The Advertiser
"We're a confident group. We've got some swagger," Brees said. "We know how good we are and how good we can be, and I still don't feel like we've scratched the surface as to where we can go as a football team. I feel like yesterday was definitely a step in the right direction in all phases. That was a good win on the road against a 3-1 football team in our division."

Saints moved on from loss to Arizona | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
After the Saints lost to Dallas and Tampa Bay in December 2009, fans and followers wondered what was wrong with the Saints. You know, where’d the offense go and have the big plays vanished? Sound familiar

Saints sticking with Hartley despite Sunday’s miss | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Sean Payton was quick to dispel any notion that the Saints would be issuing new kicking boots this week after Garrett Hartley missed his fourth field goal in nine attempts this season.

Commentary: A win that cured some ills | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Through the first five games of the season the Saints were looked upon as a measuring stick by their opponents. How do we measure up against the defending world champions? Have we reached their echelon?

New Orleans Saints have victory to build upon | NOLA.com
Saints operated at high level in all phases for first time this season

New Orleans Saints turned in complete performance vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | NOLA.com
Drew Brees said they turned Arizona loss into a positive

 

CHRIS IVORY'S BIG DAY:

NFC South High Energy Player of the Week - NFC South Blog - ESPN
He carried 15 times for 158 yards, highlighted by a 33-yard run. Ivory also caught one pass for 17 yards. Ivory’s performance helped the Saints get to 4-2 and put them in a tie with the Atlanta Falcons at the top of the NFC South standings.

Saints rookie's fiery performance beyond dad's wildest dreams - The Standard
"I felt like this was going to be a big game ... I just had a weird feeling about this game," Ivory said as he showed reporters his dad's text message.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Checking NFC South Power Rankings - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The voters have the Saints at No. 6, one spot ahead of the Falcons. The two NFC South squads are behind five AFC teams.

Joe Horn to appear at Saints Hall of Fame Museum before Browns game Sunday
Joe Horn says go see Joe Horn.

Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita returns to face New Orleans Saints as enemy
Everyone in the community has been so good to me. I think every fan in the Superdome has always been so good to me. I’m getting voice mails and text messages and emails from people already just saying, ‘Hey man, it’s going to be great seeing you come back.’ So, I’m excited about it.’’

Weird NFL season | sportszone | Blogs | Toronto Sun
And the best team in the NFL is… Who? Early on, I thought it was Baltimore Ravens. They lost to New England on Sunday. Before the season started, I figured the Indy Colts. But something doesn’t look right with that team – every week is a struggle. The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints seemed to have peaked on [...]

NFL will begin now suspending player for dangerous hits | NOLA.com
There were some questionable hits in Sunday's games

Pittsburgh Steelers top NFL Power Rankings; New Orleans Saints improve to sixth | NOLA.com
The Times-Picayune's weekly rankings

 

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