Fleur-de-Links: October 19, 2011

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WWL-TV Sports
DNP: DNP Ellis, McBride, Vilma, Herring, Strief, Gilmore

WWL-TV Sports
Limited: TE D Thomas

Jeff Duncan
Saints asst. head coach Joe Vitt said Sean Payton was released form the hospital today and is expected to be at the facility later today.

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt on Payton: "He texted and he gave Pete Carmichael some thoughts on 1st and 2nd down."
Vitt said he expects Payton to return to the team facility tonight

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt said Payton had a computer in his hospital room to see some video last night.

Kevin Spain
sign andy tanner to practice squad & release Swanson miller

Jeff Duncan
Vitt said the Saints are not going to make a decision on RB Chris Ivory, who is on the PUP list. "That's not a pressing concern right now."

Jeff Duncan
Vitt said Payton is leaning toward coaching Sunday night's game vs. IND from the coaching booth but the plan is not finalized yet.

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt: "When you have the type of team we have the core players we have on our team that have played at the highest level, it’s comforting."

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt says Payton told him to tell the players that this situation is not an excuse to lose & that's not an excuse to not give 100 percent.

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt on turnovers: ""We’ve got to make those things happen. We can’t have a ‘poor me complex.’ We’ve got to take the ball away."

WWL-TV Sports
' Vitt: "I don’t think there’s a coach or player on our team right now that sees us in turmoil right now."

WWL-TV Sports
Vitt says there are 31 other teams out there that are glad Payton was hurt and was in the hospital bc of his importance to the team.

WWL-TV Sports
Sedrick Ellis, by the way, was a right ankle while Turk McBride was a right shoulder. Those are the only new injuries.

Grandmaster Wang
I'm not sure I can survive Joe Vitt being the voice of the for another 24 hours.

WWL-TV Sports
Brees: Sean will be calling it just like he always does, he just won't be on the sideline.

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on Payton: "We’re still going to have communication throughout the week like we normally do."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees says he probably spent a little more time with the coaches Tuesday to help "streamline" the process w/out Payton.

New Orleans Saints
Brees "right now it's business as usual and when adjustments need to be made we will make them."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on Manning-less Indy: ""If there’s any other guy I want to go up against, it better be a Purdue guy so in that case, we’re OK."

Fletcher Mackel
Brees on Indy qb Curtis Painter (with a wink) "I haven't had too much luck against fellow purdue guys, not much luck against kyle orton."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on run game: ""I felt like we were running the ball effectively up until the last two weeks. The last two weeks it has fallen off."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees says they know they need to improve on the run game.

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on being home: ""It feels like we’ve been on the road forever. It’ll be nice, it’ll be great to get in front of the home crowd."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on Payton finding a way to be on the sideline: "I'm envisioning some kind of hovercraft on the sideline."

New Orleans Saints
Brees on Payton "He will do whatever it takes to be here & be a head coach & focus on his rehab on the side."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on INTs: ""You just don’t like them. It’s a bad mark on your record. There’s a fine line."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on INTs: "I’m certainly not going to press."

WWL-TV Sports
Brees on Indy D: "They've got some game-changing guys on that side of the ball."

LINKS:

New Orleans Saints have been good against winless teams: links - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
News and notes on the New Orleans Saints

Can't say the effort was there in the New Orleans Saints loss to Tampa Bay: Film study - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly breakdown of the Saints game

NFL Players Union asks league to hold off on blood testing: link - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
The NFLPA has asked the NFL to hold off on drawing blood from players next Monday, according to an AP story out of New York. The samples would have been used to test for HGH, a step agreed to in principle in the latest collective bargaining agreement: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/10/19/hgh.ap/index.html?sct=nfl_t2_a6 

Payton to miss practice Wednesday, expected at facility for meetings later | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints coach Sean Payton wasn't at the team's practice Wednesday but should be at the facility later in the day for practice, a team official said.

Three to Read: Brees’ contract, Power Rankings & the Colts’ fortune | wwltv.com New Orleans
For months now, we’ve heard that the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees are in negotiations for a new contract.

Saints RB Ivory remains on PUP; Ellis, McBride, Vilma do not practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
Running back Chris Ivory, who was eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list beginning this past Monday, was not at practice Wednesday. But tight end David Thomas did return.

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Payton Leaves Hospital

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Big Chief's NFL Rankings Week #7

The Caldwell Minute: New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton released from hospital, not back to work yet - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Payton expected to come to practice facility tonight

NFC South allowing lots of YAC - NFC South Blog - ESPN
As shown by Sunday’s victory against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay’s young defense is improving. But there’s still room for gro

New Orleans Saints Done In By One Broken Leg - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
From the Real Life vs. Sports analogy department – The New Orleans Saints stink up the place.  Last weekend I drove from New Orleans to my second

Talks slow, but Drew Brees still hopeful
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hopes to end his NFL career with the 2009 Super Bowl champions,

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