Fleur-de-Links: December 14, 2011

TWEETS:

Jeff Duncan
The are offering 370 signed lithographs of the Steve Gleason blocked punt by artist Michael Hunt, signed by & others.

Jeff Duncan
Brees: "We've got a good stretch going here & I hope we can keep it going. The stats show that if we can avoid TOs we're a hard team 2 beat"

Jeff Duncan
RT : Brees said he's impressed with Tebow's record. Mechanics are one thing, winning another, and Tebow's a winner, he said.
Adam Schefter
NFL has renewed its television deals with CBS, Fox and NBC for nine years through the 2022 season.

Adam Schefter
Wade Phillips will have surgery this week to address a kidney condition. He said he’ll miss a week to 10 days and it's not life threatening.

Jason La Canfora
NBC will get the Thanksgiving Night game, but I'm told the number of total games in the NFL Network package will expand in total

Jeff Duncan
Brees on the D: Im very confident in our group. There's times where those yards are coming in 2-minute catch-up. Those #'s can be deceiving"

Brees: "There is not a bad guy on this team. There is not a selfish guy on this team. I can honestly say they are all ‘team guys’ "

Jeff Duncan
Brees on if have reached Colts-Pats level: "That's not for us to judge. ... Only time will tell if we can be 1 of those elite teams"

Jeff Duncan
Drew Brees: "At this stage of the season, there can't be trap games.... We're playing for a lot. We've got plenty of dominoes to know over."

New Orleans Saints
When asked if he was a "bigger hero" to his son Baylen for hanging with Elmo than for being the Saints QB, Brees said "No doubt"

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he's not talked to Harper in response to allegations by Nate Washington that he's dirty player. "Roman has a good grasp on that"

Jeff Duncan
Sean Payton said Roman harper and Malcolm Jenkins played exceptional games vs. Titans. Both received game balls.

New Orleans Saints
Payton: "I thought Ivory played well last week, particularly in the short yardage situations."

New Orleans Saints
Payton on Ingram "He is making progress & (toe injury) is gradually getting better."

Jeff Duncan
Payton in response to ? by Sheldon Mickles about "how vociferously he's stressed turnovers to team": "That's a good Scrabble word there."

New Orleans Saints
Payton said RB Ingram & LBs Casillas & Vilma did not practice today.

Jeff Duncan
Clarification: Payton didn't say there were no issues with Graham's back but did say Graham was FULL at practice.

Jeff Duncan
injury report: Jon Casillas, Mark Ingram and Jon Vilma, did not practice. Tuke McBride was limited.

New Orleans Saints
. leads all NFC Strong Safeties in Fan Pro Bowl votes with 119,151

New Orleans Saints
. leads all NFC tight ends in Fan Pro Bowl votes with 583,731

New Orleans Saints
In the latest Pro Bowl fan vote totals, Brees ranks 4th among all players behind Rodgers, Brady & Calvin Johnson



SAINTS:

Roman Harper, Ed Reed, Joe McKnight in lead spots in Pro Bowl voting
NFC defensive leaders include Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis and Saints safety Roman Harper.

Vikings to start QB Ponder against Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Despite being pulled form the last game, Christian Ponder will be the Vikings quarterback on Sunday.

Vikings expect RB Peterson to play Sunday | wwltv.com New Orleans
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he expects running back Adrian Peterson to play Sunday when the Saints play Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Vikings Allen said he was mostly joking in comments about New Orleans | wwltv.com New Orleans
Vikings star defensive end still says drive from airport to team hotel "it's all abandoned buildings and burnt down buildings."

S Malcolm Jenkins' Locker Room Interview 12/13/11

Vikings Blog | Scouting The Saints "
The Vikings and Saints play in different divisions within the NFC, but including this weekend’s matchup they’ve met annually over the past four seasons and their battles have been dramatic

Saints Nation: Q&A With Vikings Blog - Purple Jesus Diaries | December

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Mr. Drew to Elmo — for the touchdown! "
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

The All-Purpose Saint

Famous Blocked Punt Memorialized as Lithograph; Gleason, Brees and Others will Sign Limited Edition

New Orleans Saints reeceiver Robert Meachem to host Christmas toy giveaway Thursday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Second year Meachem has run charity event

New Orleans Saints sign lithographs to benefit Steve Gleason and ALS victims - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and teammates from the 2006 New Orleans Saints have teamed up with artist Michael Hunt on a project to support the Gleason Initiative Foundation. Hunt has created a lithograph of Gleason's famous blocked punt that highlighted the Saints victory over the Atlanta Falcons the night the Superdome reopened after Hurricane Katrina. The game...

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads Pro Bowl voting with one week left - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has 908,864 votes

Salad on a stick for the New Orleans Saints game? Yes, please! | NOLA.com
"In Judy's Kitchen" serves up a Minnesota-inspired offering for your Saints-Vikings watch party.

New Orleans Saints injury report for Wednesday, December 14 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Vilma, Casillas and Ingram all sit out

NFC Playoff Picture: Cowboys in Trouble, Bears Need a Minor Miracle | The Big Lead
I have New Orleans as the projected #2 seed after the 49ers lost at Arizona. San Francisco does have the tiebreaker right now based on conference record, but I project the Saints with a higher win expectation.

Best hands in the NFC South? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Marques Colston (58 receptions with two drops) is No. 13 at 96.7 percent. New Orleans’ Devery Henderson is tied for No. 17 at 96.3 percent (26 catches with one drop).

NFC South Pro Bowl voting is light - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The fan portion of Pro Bowl voting comes to an end Monday, and the NFC South isn’t faring well so far. Fan vote counts as one third...

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