Fleur-de-Links: November 22, 2011

TWEETS:

Payton said he has about 2 more weeks of no weight on injured leg. Hopes to start walking by Christmas & be fully healed by March 1

Jeff Duncan
Payton on is this Saints' best 'O ever: "2 be determined. We're still a work in progress. Do we have the potential? I'd like to think so."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said all 4 RBs -- Ivory, Sproles, Ingram & Thomas -- are healthy & club will need to make decision on how many to have active
cameron jordan
Time fo a quick lay down

Adam Schefter
Filed to ESPN: Denver Broncos waived quarterback Kyle Orton today.

New Orleans Saints
Brees chatting with Gleason

New Orleans Saints
Steve Gleason speaking about - this Sunday at Champions Square!

What a great first day...

Jeff Duncan
Payton said LB JOn Vilma is doing well. "With him it's day to day." Said he will give a full update on his status on Thursday.

Jeff Duncan
Payton: "The importance of wining that turnover battle.... The No. 1 thing offensively is that we're better in that area these next 6 weeks"

Jeff Duncan
are not reporting any injuries or roster moves today even though they returned to practice. They will start reports on Thursday.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. The support has been great. Going to get my thumb fixed and be back as soon as I possibly can.

New Orleans Saints
. jerseys are available online! Adult jersey: & youth jersey:

Thanks to everyone who took part in the raffle. We raised over $16,000 for and

Mizzou has the best band in college sports! RT : Photo with at the Mizzou game :)

Jeff Duncan
Terrific reporting by on culture of duplicity at Penn State: Paterno Clashed Over Punishment of Players via

Jeff Duncan
They might be some angry Giants... RT : Angry, embarrassed Giants looking for a fight ...

 

 

GIANTS @ SAINTS:

Beset by drops and injuries, Giants tight end Jake Ballard takes step back in loss to Eagles | NJ.com
Ballard drops three passes in loss

New York Giants don't seem ready for QB shootouts just ahead - ESPN New York
But if the Giants' can't beat Young -- a Tennessee Titans castoff whose solitary pass this season before Sunday's game was an interception -- then how do they plan on winning against the three hottest quarterbacks in the league? In the next three weeks they face New Orleans' Drew Brees, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Dallas' revitalized Tony Romo.

Giants fan not optimistic about team's chances next week -- Gerry V | NOLA.com
Saints should match up well

NFC South Stock Watch - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Sean Payton, Saints coach. We use the term "rising" literally here. Although Payton was back on the sideline in the last game before the bye, he was on crutches and trying to stay out of harm’s way. But the leg and knee injuries that caused Payton to sit in the press box for three games are healing nicely. On Monday night against the Giants, Payton should be much more mobile, and that should help him get a better feel for the game.

Giants frustrated after Eagles loss, bewildered by lack of intensity | NJ.com
Chris Canty, Antrel Rolle say Giants need more vigor than what they showed on Sunday

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, QB Drew Brees' press conference updates - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Live updates from the Saints' training facility

No injury report from New Orleans Saints on Tuesday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints return to practice after bye week

 

OTHER SAINTS STUFF:

EOSB: Saints QB Brees, RB Sproles, TE Graham proving worth | wwltv.com New Orleans
With the Saints’ bye week now past, every team in the NFL has played 10 games. And with everyone on equal footing, it’s easy to make comparisons to the rest of the league statistically.

Strief-Students-Pledge-To-End-Teen-Relationship-Violence / News - NFLPlayers.com
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief led Training Camps for Life, a program to educate students about teen relationship violence.

Saints Nation: Darren Sproles Exceeding Expectations | November

Predicting the playoffs - NFC South Blog - ESPN
If the season ended today, the New Orleans Saints would be the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Guess who leads NFL in dropped passes? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints are tied for No. 15 with 13 drops. Tight end Jimmy Graham leads New Orleans with four drops.

NFL Power Rankings: Falcons climb - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are coming off a bye and they held tight at No. 3 for the second straight week.

Green Bay Packers remain No. 1 in power rankings; what are your rankings - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints stay at third spot in rankings

 

LAGNIAPPE:

State Police sending extra troopers to assist New Orleans police during busy holiday weekend | NOLA.com
Landrieu, Serpas request extra support

Morris points to labor deal as a reason for Bucs’ struggles | ProFootballTalk
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already have lost as many games as they did in all of 2010, and they still have six games to play. Last week, the team began pushing to the media the notion that the franchise has been saddled with a very tough schedule, even though the Bucs basically play the same slate ...

Packers, 49ers can clinch playoff spots this week | ProFootballTalk
It's that time of year: The NFL has distributed playoff scenarios for the first time in 2011. According to a release sent out by the league today, the Packers and the 49ers can become the first two teams to clinch playoff spots, if they win on Thanksgiving and then get some help.

Tebow to Plummer: I’ll take every opportunity to praise the Lord | ProFootballTalk
Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer recently offered a critique of current Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, not because of the way Tebow plays the game but because of the way Tebow expresses his religious beliefs before, during and after every game. Today Tebow responded.

Josh Scobee calls DeSean Jackson "punk," starts Twitter feud | ProFootballTalk
Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson have engaged in a war of words on Twitter. It apparently started because Scobee was watching Sunday night's Eagles-Giants game and was turned off by Jackson's taunting penalty.

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