Fleur-de-Links - Dec. 16th: Chris Ivory Optimistic About Playing Despite Missing Practice Today

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03: Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Chris Ivory was held out today after getting a PRP injection into his sore hammy on yesterday, which they say requires the player to stay off his feet the next day. It's supposed to increase his chances of playing this week. Let's hope it works. If it doesn't, we might be better off having Pierre Thomas on the field more since he provides the pass-catching threat that Ivory doesn't. Against this Ravens D, I'm not sure Ivory will have a lot of success trying to pound the rock up the middle.

I've noticed this week that the players aren't tweeting as much as they usually do. Alex Brown, who usually posts about a dozen tweets a day, has been uncharacteristically silent. I'd like to believe this is because they are all putting in extra preparations for the Ravens this week in a game we must win to have any hope of winning the division and the 1st seed. If Brown comes out and dominates with numerous sacks of Joe Flacco, maybe Payton should take his twitter away.

The Ravens are 1 1/2 point favorites in this matchup mostly because it's at their house. There seems to be a lot of articles out there that criticize the once brutal Ravens D as too old and no longer the force they once were. Not sure if that's true, but Payton and Brees aren't taking them lightly. I wonder how they plan to attack them. This should be a great game.

TWEETS:

jgoody76 Up early in the morninnnnnnnn

Official_Saints Because of the positive response we got for our profile pic, we created a computer background! Download it here: http://bit.ly/NOSwallpaper

LanceMoore16 Doing work like I'm supposed to lol. Have a great day everybody.

Official_Saints Cool video by @NFLNetwork's Sound FX show. Payton, Brees & Vilma MIC'd up for Rams game! http://bit.ly/NOsound

LynellHamilton Free toys for the holidays with Robert Meachem, I'll B out 2 help support @ The wisdom reception center 1359 St. Bernard Ave starts @ 6:17pm PhotoOp doing his thang! Really, I do feel for the guy and his injury battles. Wish he could still play this year.

Official_Saints Payton said Ayodele, Bushrod, & Vilma were limited at practice today.

Official_Saints Payton said Ivory, Hargrove, Roby & D Thomas did not practice today.

jeffduncantp Payton said Ivory received a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection to try to promote healing in the area. Will re-evaluate his status on Fri.

jeffduncantp Saints practiced outside today to prepare for outdoor conditions in Baltimore. The unseasonably warm weather didn't help but it was windy.

Official_Saints Listen to Coach Payton's Thurs. Presser. Coach talks about playing in inclement weather, updates injury report http://bit.ly/PaytonTH

jeffduncantp Just talked with Chris Ivory at length about his strained hamstring. He said he had the PRP injection on Wed., will be re-evaluated Friday.

jeffduncantp Ivory said he is optimistic about playing on Sunday, but also said he wants to be 100 percent to make sure he does not have a setback.

DonteStallworth "Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

reggie_bush Now playing: Wiz Khalifa-In My Car

SaintsSideline Times-Picayune: Drew Brees is named No. 1 in the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2010" http://bit.ly/hLzozu

 

PRACTICE REPORTS:

Saints' Ivory sits out practice after receiving injection | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
A day after being limited in practice, running back Chris Ivory was held out of Thursday’s session with lingering hamstring issues.

Four New Orleans Saints miss practice Thursday; three still hopeful for Baltimore | NOLA.com
Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring), defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (knee), and tight end David Thomas (knee) all missed a second day of practice. Ivory, who had hinted earlier i nthe week his problem was linked as much to cramps as it was his hamstring, took a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection, Payton said, to bolster his chances of returning to action. The shot, which is supposed to boost soft tissue healing, requires the player to stay off his feet for 24 hours and Ivory will be evaluated Friday.

New Orleans Saints tailback Pierre Thomas, receiver Robert Meachem will likely return kickoffs Sunday | NOLA.com
"I feel that my ankle would allow me to do just about anything out there," Thomas said. "I do a lot out there in practice. And if they need me, I told them I'm always there. I'm always ready to step up for whatever cause there is. So I'm ready to step up if my name is called."

 

SAINTS @ RAVENS:

Play-action will tell story for Saints, Ravens - NFC South Blog - ESPN
When the New Orleans Saints play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, play-action passing is going to be a big factor.

Saints set to play Ravens team that's stout against dome franchises | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints are 1-3 against the Ravens in the short series history, including 1-2 in Baltimore. New Orleans did win the last time the teams played in Maryland. The Saints opened as a 1 ½ -point underdog.

Ravens Insider: Billick's interesting link to Ravens-Saints game - Baltimore Ravens news, schedule, analysis and opinion from Mike Preston, Jamison Hensley, Edward Lee and Ken Murray - baltimoresun.com
It's interesting that Billick will be part of the broadcasting team for this particular game. The last time the Ravens played the Saints was in 2006, a memorable one on a couple of fronts for Billick.

Ravens defense struggles to maintain reputation - FoxNews.com
In assessing the Baltimore Ravens defense, the statistics tell all: Ranked 10th in the NFL, this unit is better than most but not quite up to its usual standard.

Saints QB Drew Brees thinks beating Ravens' defense is no easy task - Baltimore Sun
"I don't buy too much into that," the New Orleans Saints quarterback said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday afternoon, "just because they had a 28-7 lead, and so it seemed like it was a lot of prevent [defense], pretty conservative. The Texans have a great offense, and they were able to move the ball in two-minute situations and stuff at the end of the game. But I have a lot of respect for that defense. I always have. So I just kind of see that as a little bit of an aberration."

Week 15 matchup: New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens - NFL - Sporting News
Ravens defense slipping? The Ravens must prove their defense is still sound enough to carry them into and deep in postseason. Against the Texans last week, the Ravens allowed second-half scoring drives of 70, 42, 99 and 95 yards as Houston overcame a 21-point deficit. This goes against everything this franchise has stood for since the 2000 Super Bowl win.

Cincinnati game prepares Saints for another cold weather contest | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
"I don’t really care about the weather," said Brown who spent his first eight NFL seasons in wintry Chicago." The way I play football is the weather may change, (but) we don’t . We’re not going to change what we do."

2theadvocate.com | Saints | Roby injury a blow to Saints special teams — Baton Rouge, LA
"It’s one thing to lose a player to an injury," Prioleau said, "but when you lose a guy like Courtney, it’s like losing four players because he does so many things.

Ravens Insider: Saints' Brees continues to bring it - Baltimore Ravens news, schedule, analysis and opinion from Mike Preston, Jamison Hensley, Edward Lee and Ken Murray - baltimoresun.com

NFL.com news: Ravens face tall task in halting Saints' intensifying momentum
The Saints could make a major statement about their status as title contenders with a win over the gritty Ravens.

Ravens Insider: Ravens could get an ally Sunday - Baltimore Ravens news, schedule, analysis and opinion from Mike Preston, Jamison Hensley, Edward Lee and Ken Murray - baltimoresun.com
"I think everybody prefers a warm climate," quarterback Drew Brees said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday afternoon. "It is what it is. Obviously, we know it’s going to be cold and probably windy and maybe snowy up there on Sunday. Whatever the conditions are, we’ll just have to adapt and adjust."

Ravens defense remains the team's strength, but unit shows signs of vulnerability - baltimoresun.com
"They've played at a high level for long period of time," said New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who will bring the defending Super Bowl champions to Baltimore on Sunday. "It's really hard to point to any other organization that's had that staying power."

Forecast: Why does Ray Lewis get a pass? | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
Here at the Forecast we don’t really expect you to read this column for football knowledge, accurate predictions or for secret inside information on Drew Brees’ knee injury. (Everybody knows Drew’s knee was completely replaced during the Saints bye week and he’s officially been rebuilt like the Six Million Dollar Man.

 

AROUND THE NFC STOUT:

Malcolm Jenkins on a roll - NFC South Blog - ESPN

NFC South likely to face playoff injustice - NFC South Blog - ESPN

NFC South hot spots - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Patrick in Palmer, Texas inquires about the Saints playing up or down to their level of competition.

Drew Brees, Saints extending the field - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Let's look at the dramatic difference over the past five games from earlier this season. Brees has completed 56.1 percent of passes that were thrown 15 yards or more downfield. Seven of those have gone for touchdowns and only three have been intercepted. Brees also has put up a 110.0 passer rating in those situations over the past five games.

 

LAGNIAPPE:

Captains Brees & Vilma Talk Ravens

Saints S Darren Sharper: Future Hall of Famer? - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com

New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, S Darren Sharper named to All-Fundamentals Team | NOLA.com
USA Football, the sport's national governing body, and the NFL Players Association selected New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and safety Darren Sharper to their 2010 All-Fundamentals team.

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins honored by NFC Defensive Player of the Week award, but not satisifed | NOLA.com
"It's all nice but I've still got a lot to grow on," said Jenkins, who was previously honored after his game-saving forced fumble at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. "Accolades are good, but at the end of the day we're trying to win a championship and all we can do is get better every day."

New Orleans Saints lose defensive tackle DeMario Pressley from practice squad | NOLA.com
Former fifth-round draft pick signed to Houston Texans' active roster

NFL playoff standings update | NOLA.com
A look at how the NFL playoff picture is shaping up

 

AUDIO:

Saints Audio Gallery
I didn't even know this existed. Maybe it's new. Click for audio from Payton's presser today and player audio from earlier in the week. GOOD STUFF!

 

VIDEO:



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