Fleur-de-Links: December 16, 2011

TWEETS:

Jason La Canfora
Roman Harper fined $15K for roughing the passer and $7,500 for unnecessary roughness (grabbed an opponent by the facemask).

Final Saints-Vikings Injury Report:

New Orleans Saints
Payton said Ingram has a good chance of being ready next week.
Sporting News
Barry Bonds sentenced to house arrest, probation -

Had a great day of practice.....

New Orleans Saints
Payton ruled RB Mark Ingram & LB Jonathan Casillas OUT for Sunday. Vilma is questionable.

About to speak at luncheon for the 11th annual R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

New Orleans Saints
No matter what happens this weekend, the Saints 1st chance to clinch the division will be at home vs Falcons on MNF (Dec. 26)

New Orleans Saints
We are going to give a Sproles signed photo tomorrow to one of our Twitter followers - stay tuned!

New Orleans Saints
Congrats to on winning the Graham signed photo. Thanks to all who helped spread the word/voted!

Jeff Duncan
Good stuff from : Contract talks with Drew Brees have been tabled for the season: ...

TGIF everyone. Hope u have a great and very productive day!!!

Smh c'mon y'all breakfast is the most important meal of the day!...I need to get some b4 my meeting tho. Ttyl #✌✌

Tracy Porter
My day is going too good for dummies to mess that up. Anyways what's for breakfast y'all?

Just got into work...it's Krispy Kreme Friday around the facility for the QB's...taking bets on how many takes down this morning!

SAINTS:

Payton Discusses Final Injury Report For Vikings

HC Sean Payton's Press Conference 12/16/11

Checking the injuries that matter most - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints have declared running back Mark Ingram (turf toe) out for Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings. That means Chris Ivory likely will be active and used in rotation with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee) also has been ruled out.

New Orleans Saints aren't tolerating mistakes in their pass defense - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, players stress they need to get problems fixed

Vikings Blog | Good News: All Listed As Probable On Vikings Final Injury Report "
The Vikings had 7 players (not counting Chris Cook) listed on their injury report by the end of the week. But the good news is that all of them are virtual certainties to play – including RB Adrian Peterson (ankle).

New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram, linebacker Jonathan Casillas ruled out for Sunday's game - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
They won't play against Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper says he was fined for both personal foul penalties against Tennessee Titans - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Harper was fined for helmet-to-helmet hit and facemask tackle

New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks, safety Malcolm Jenkins selected to USA Football All-Fundamentals Team - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Players receive grants to donate to youth or high school football programs

New Orleans Saints scale back slightly as season wears on - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
They might not have luxury of resting starters in Week 17, though

Friday is deadline for New Orleans Saints season ticket holders to purchase postseason tickets - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints will host at least one playoff game if they clinch NFC South title

Spreading the wealth for Saints receivers - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE -- The stereotypical "diva" receiver just won’t make it in New Orleans’ offense.

Yards after catch a stat the New Orleans Saints defense needs to improve: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan's weekly Saints observations

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints chasing more than Dan Marino's NFL passing record - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Four quarterbacks, including Brees, have a realistic look at Dan Marino's record setting 1984 season

Drew Brees hasn't let contract status become distraction - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints quarterback says talks have been tabled until season's end

Vikings Blog | Vikings Defense Will Keep An Eye On Saints TE Graham "

Week 15 Matchups: A Game of Toddler Chess - NYTimes.com
Drew Brees is on pace to throw for 5,376 yards this season. Bor-ing. His completion percentage of 70.9 is one of the highest in history. Ho-hum. Football Outsiders ranks the 2011 Saints offense as one of the 10 best of the last two decades, with the current Packers and Patriots offenses also making the list. Yawn. Brees is universally respected as a role model, philanthropist and humanitarian who has lent his time and energy to everything from Hurricane Katrina relief to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and anti-bullying campaigns. Whatever. If you do not lead your team to 13-10 wins with the help of a string of 50-yard field goals, we do not have room for you in these capsules anymore. Sorry, buddy. Pick: Saints

Adrian Peterson wants to play for his fantasy owners | ProFootballTalk
From a team standpoint, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has one reason to play on a sprained ankle -- avoiding the all-time franchise record for losses in a season. But Peterson has other reasons to give it a try.

HC Sean Payton's Press Conference 12/15/11

LAGNIAPPE:

Falcons hitting stride at right time - NFC South Blog - ESPN
That loss hit the Falcons hard, coming as it did against a Saints team with which they have kindled one of the league’s top rivalries in recent years. But the Falcons will get another shot at the Saints. This time it comes when the Falcons seem to be playing up to their potential, and they should be rested and healthy.

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