Fleur-de-Links - Nov 5th: Porter and Greer are Probable for Sunday

Things are looking up for some of the players we've missed lately due to injury. Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer look almost certain to start this week in Carolina. While the defense is almost back to full health, the offense will most likely still be missing Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Thomas has already been ruled out, but Bush will travel with the team and work out Sunday morning. He's listed as doubtful. My guess is that Payton is taking him along just to give John Fox something else to think about when preparing for the matchup. I'd be shocked if Bush actually plays.

In addition, it looks like Jon Stinchcomb may be held out this week. Zach Strief will draw the start at RT if Stinchcomb can't go.

TWEETS:

T_Porter22 Just got home...about to get a nap in since I was up til 2am watching film. Smh...the NFL is not as easy as some may think. But I love it!

usama_young28 Just finished watchin the 2000 dunk contest with Vince, McGrady, and Francis. Them dudes were goin at it... #instantclassic

reggie_bush Morning peeps!

LanceMoore16 TGIF everybody. Let's all have a great and productive day today.

dmpressley #WIN

SaintsSideline Times-Picayune: Check out interviews with Tom Dempsey and video of his kick http://bit.ly/cO9X0o

Official_Saints Payton said Goodwin, Porter, Shanle, Colston, Ivory, Greer, Hartley are probable for Sunday.

Official_Saints Payton ruled RB Thomas & DB Robinson out for Sunday.

Official_Saints Payton listed RB Bush as doubtful but said he would travel & workout Sunday morning.

ChaseDaniel RT @cpetric In the running to be Sunglass Hut's "Full Time Fabulous" blogger! Watch the video http://bit.ly/9azSl8 Vote for her, please!

 

SAINTS @ PANTHERS:

Saints’ Bush a game-time decision | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Saints running back Reggie Bush will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ Sunday game at Carolina.

New Orleans Saints offensive line needs to keep the sack totals from growing: First-and-10 column | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly team observations

Saints hope offensive momentum carries over | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
For much of the 2010 season, the Saints offense seemingly has been stuck in neutral. But then, in a defensive stalemate on Halloween night in the Superdome, the Saints "cut" one of the league’s top defenses,

Panthers RB Williams doubtful against Saints
Jonathan Stewart is likely to get his second straight start at running back for the Carolina Panthers with DeAngelo Williams still sidelined with a sprained left foot.

New Orleans Saints Notebook: Cornerbacks Greer, Porter set for Carolina return
The New Orleans Saints (5-3) are expected to get their starting corners back for Sunday’s important NFC South road game against the Carolina Panthers (1-6).

View from the Other Side: Fox still has control of Panthers despite 1-6 start | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold

Henderson: Saints face a desperate Panthers team | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Sunday we will find out if the Saints have learned a painful lesson, that being not to take down-trodden teams with unproven quarterbacks lightly, as they did in losses to the Cardinals and the Browns, and during a slim 2-point victory over Carolina as a 13-point favorite the first time around.

New Orleans Saints mailbag - NFC South Blog - ESPN

AccuScore: Saints favored at Carolina - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The key for an upset by the Panthers: getting DeAngelo Williams 100-plus rushing yards.

BLACK AND GOLD BUZZ: Carolina trip key to establish consistency for Saints
“If we don’t show up next week, this win means nothing,’’ Jenkins said matter-of-factly.

 

PIERRE THOMAS SAGA:

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas Q&A: Ankle injury still lingers
Q: Does this feel like a high ankle sprain? Thomas: Honestly, I feel it all over my ankle. I feel pain all over my ankle. When you touch it, I feel pain all over my ankle. They touch different spots, I say, ‘Yeah, I feel it there, I feel it there, I feel it there.’ So, I really messed it up. They say I really messed it up pretty bad.

 

TOM DEMPSEY:

Dempsey Recaps Special Day

Anniversary of Tom Dempsey's record-setting kick is approaching | NOLA.com
The Saints also got some good news on the injury front

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Glenn Guilbeau: Payton needs to coach Saints not media | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times
A radio reporter of three decades in New Orleans lost his job two years ago partly because of Payton. A veteran print reporter was barred from doing his job at times last season because of something he asked Payton about a suspicious injury to tight end Jeremy Shockey. Not anything he wrote. He just asked.

2theadvocate.com | Sports | MICKLES: NFC hard conference to figure out — Baton Rouge, LA
Five of the 12 teams that made the playoffs in 2009 have losing records right now — led, of course, by the Cowboys and Vikings.

No New Orleans Saints made the NFL's list of top 100 players | NOLA.com
A panel compiled the list for the league

Joe Horn talks about his time with the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
He is a recent inductee to the team's Hall of Fame

New Orleans Saints encouraged by progress of this year's rookie class | NOLA.com
Players like Robinson and Ivory have grown over the course of the season

 

TRANSCRIPT:

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Post-Practice Press Conference

Friday, November 5, 2010

Opening Statement:

“We’ll go through the personnel first in regards to the injury report: center Jonathan Goodwin with his groin was full today and probable; Tracy Porter (knee) was full, probable; Scott Shanle (hamstring) was full, probable; Marques Colston (hand) was full, probable; Chris Ivory (head) was full, probable; Jabari Greer (shoulder) was full, probable; Pierson Prioleau (ankle) was limited and he’ll be questionable; kicker Garrett Hartley (ankle) was full, probable; Reggie Bush (fibula) was limited and he’ll be doubtful; Jon Stinchcomb (knee) was limited, probable; and lastly these two players are out: Patrick Robinson (ankle) did not practice and Pierre Thomas (ankle) did not practice and they’re out.”

How did Reggie Bush look today?

“He’s moving around and still you wouldn’t list him at 100%. But he’s making progress. He’s actually going to travel and work out Sunday prior to the game. We’ll see where he’s at but in these last couple of days, he’s been making visible progress which is encouraging.”

Would you say he’ll be a game-time decision?

“He would be a game-time decision. Otherwise we’d list him as out and we wouldn’t travel him. So we are going to work him out and se where he’s at on Sunday.”

He said yesterday that he’d like to get some time in on grass. Do you ever factor that kind of thing into it? Does it make a difference that you didn’t get to practice on grass?

“Not really. I think we went 95% of ’06 (practicing) inside. We like to get on grass when we can but it was fairly windy so we stayed inside. I think that you consider the playing conditions to some degree, and yet if a player is healthy to go, he’s probably healthy to go whether it’s grass or artificial surface.”

Will Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer start on Sunday?

“We’ll see.”

 

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