Fleur-de-Links: October 17, 2012

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion: TODAY'S HEADLINE: Jonathan Vilma returns to practice, still on PUP list.

TWEETS:

NFL filed response to plyrs' motion to vacate suspensions. Crux of argument unchanged- plyrs agreed to the process they now claim is unfair.

Ugh, between my boss, my wife, and the two chicks who share this office with me I have a whole damn binder of women out to annoy me today

Essentially, the Court can't stop an upheld NFL suspension after an appeal before the appeal was even heard or upheld.

Players don't feel they've copped to it the way NFL sees it. RT : NFL ... highlights player admissions to knockout incentives.

NFL has filed its response to players' motion to vacate suspensions, highlights player admissions to cart-off/knockout incentives.

Buccaneers announced that DE Da'Quan Bowers will return to practice today and begin his 21-day practice period, permissible by PUP rules.

Marques Colston over the last 2 games: 18 recs, 284 yds (15.8 avg.) & 4 TDs

FL School Board of Education wants to set goals to increase scores based on race...that's wrong! Sounds like we are going backwards!

"Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline & inner peace" Mike Ditka

Everybody have a great n productive hump day!

Oh well Roger now you have to prove your suspensions are legit and u have evidence.Ladies gentlemen pandoras box will be opened thanks to RG

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SAINTS @ BUCS:

Saints TE Jimmy Graham held out of practice with ankle injury | wwltv.com New Orleans
Tight end Jimmy Graham didn’t practice Wednesday nearly a week and a half after injuring his right ankle during the Saints’ Sunday night win over the Chargers.

Aaron Kromer Said Team Responded Well, Looked Fresh
Offensive Line/ Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer met with the media following practice on Wednesday to give an injury update and discuss Carl Nicks, the Buccaneers and returning after the bye week

Drew Brees: We Have a Bunch of Climbers, We'll Take it One at a Time
Quarterback Drew Brees met with the media Wednesday to discuss the team's improvement, facing the Buccaneers and Carl Nicks

Saints Jonathan Vilma back at practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — While they don’t really know if he’ll play this week or not, the New Orleans Saints were happy Wednesday just to see embattled m…

Jonathan Vilma practices, Jimmy Graham doesn’t | ProFootballTalk
didn’t practice on Wednesday

Greg Schiano, Carl Nicks Discuss Facing Saints in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach and guard spoke with members of the New Orleans media about the NFC South contest on Sunday

Bucs - Saints Injury Reports, October 17-Pewter Report: Your source for inside and breaking news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saints’ Vilma not off PUP yet, but practice-field presence a welcomed move | wwltv.com New Orleans
Lance Moore stood up in the middle of the Saints’ stretching period with an announcement to make. There was a new defensive player with the team and the receiver wanted his fellow teammates to take notice.

Five matters to consider in the Saints-Bucs game | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
The Saints (1-4) return from their bye this week with Sunday's game at Tampa Bay (2-3).

Bucs ready to run; Saints ready to tackle? | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
If Saints defense can eliminate the big plays, it can do its part in turning around a disappointing start to the 2012 season

Saints aren't worried about losing momentum after bye week | wwltv.com New Orleans
For the first time during the 2012 season, the New Orleans Saints finished a game on a roll and in position to keep momentum going.

Bucs vs. Saints: A look ahead | TBO.com
The Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, the second of their six games against NFC South opponents. Here is a quick look at the matchup:

Jimmy Graham is expected to play this week | ProFootballTalk
Amid rumors that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could miss several games with a sprained ankle, a source with knowledge of the situation has a far rosier estimate for Graham. Per the source, Graham will miss none.

Saints @ Bucs: By the Numbers
Saints @ Bucs: By the Numbers.

New Orleans Saints Press Conference October 17th - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Join the New Orleans Saints coverage team as the send live updates from the Saints press conference from the team's practice facility.

Saints better be ready for Bucs' WR duo | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson are one of the top deep threat duos in the NFL; Saints are one of the worst at defending the pass. So, something has to give Sunday at Raymond James Stadium

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Drew Brees says his harsh comments toward Roger Goodell, NFL were warranted - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com "I hope (the league is listening). Based upon what we've seen from the past, probably not," Brees said. "But I still think it's still appropriate and needs to be said by guys like myself, (Scott) Fujita and others who have been close to the situation and maybe have a little bit more knowledge based upon the last couple of years of negotiations during the lockout and, obviously, the whole bounty thing."

Saints QB Brees isn’t sure NFL is listening to players’ complaints | wwltv.com New Orleans
During much of the past two years, Drew Brees has taken a vocal leadership position on issues regarding player issues and the NFL.

NFL asks judge not to interfere in bounty case | wwltv.com New Orleans
The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell's efforts to discipline four players for the Saints' cash-for-hits bounty pool.

League responds to the latest court filings in the bounty case | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, the players suspended (again) for participating in a bounty program filed new motions in federal court, seeking to have his re-issued suspensions vacated -- or at a minimum to have Commissioner Roger Goodell removed as the in-house arbitrator for the appeal of the suspension.

NFL files opposition to motion to halt suspensions in New Orleans Saints bounty case - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
League also argues against a bias by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Judge wants to see NFL bounty documents | wwltv.com New Orleans
A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper says he's excited to have Jonathan Vilma back - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Harper spent part of Saints' day off encouraging students at St. George's Episcopal School to participate in a canned food drive

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LAGNIAPPE:

New Orleans officials want to bid on 2018 Super Bowl - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
But Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 has to go off without any hitches

Reggie Bush still has a goal of leading the league in rushing | ProFootballTalk
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has been slowed by a knee injury and was held to just 17 yards on 12 carries on Sunday, but he's not giving up on one of his goals for 2012.

New Orleans not in the running to host 50th Super Bowl - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
San Francisco and South Florida will bid on 2016 game

Falcons lead league in dropped passes - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons have the best record (6-0) in the NFL, but they’re also leading the league in a dubious category. The Falcons have dropped

Who's No. 2 in the NFC South? - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Unless Mike Smith gives Roddy White his Twitter password back, the Atlanta Falcons aren’t going to say it.

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