Fleur-de-Links: October 18, 2012

Chris Graythen

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: The Graham Reaper returns to practice, but still limited.

TWEETS:

Saints-Buccaneers Thursday Injury Report:

White jerseys, black pants RT What uni's are we wearing Sunday?

Kromer said David Hawthorne did not practice today. Jimmy Graham was limited

Kromer said Vilma looks good at practice. Said he is running around well and making some plays

Champions don't become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there...

A lil sneak peek picture from my photo shoot!!

I don't know whether or not Vilma will suit up Sunday ... What I do know -- That Saints team will get a huge emotional boost if he does.

RT : ' Kromer said Vilma looks physically ready, but really can't tell if he will be ready until Sunday.

I don't have Friends...I have Enemies...so if u with me then that means u my brother ****A!

Saints at practice today

The deification of Jon Vilma has actually gotten even more obnoxious than the deification of Sean Payton. Loomis: "What about ME, assholes?"

Kromer said Graham doesn't need practice to be ready for a game.

We were number 4 before the bounty saga RT ranks No. 8 on the Top Ten Cities in the US

": My husband will b playin Sunday yes I can't wait🏈" sorry, im married to football and she doesn't like to share

"Why it's so hard 2 B happy? People see: PAST better than it was PRESENT worse than it is FUTURE less resolved than it will be" Pagnol

": It's that Week.... High and tight baby!!! Let's go CANES " haha

I'm up, I'm workin. Lets all get better today.

Me and my older brother been cooler than the other side of the pillow for yrs..

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WEEK 7: SAINTS @ BUCS:

Saints TE Graham improves, but still limited in practice Thursday | wwltv.com New Orleans
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma continues to "look good" in practice. Decision on activating him, however, will come on Sunday.

Saints get Jimmy Graham back at practice | ProFootballTalk
The signals about Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's status for Sunday have been mixed. We reported on Tuesday that Graham was expected to be in the New Orleans lineup despite an ankle injury, but Wednesday's practice came and went without Graham getting on the field.

Lance Moore: New Orleans Saints WR Returns To Practice; Will Be Ready To Go On Sunday
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore fully participated in practice this week and should be ready for the Saints’ week seven matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moore sustained a hamstring injury a couple weeks ago that caused him to miss the Saints 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers back in week five.

Aaron Kromer Gives Injury Update, Talks Tampa Defense
Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer gave an injury update and talked about facing the Buccaneers defense at his press conference on Thursday

Drew Brees says Saints can shake off rough start - Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Saints QB Drew Brees says those on the outside may think they're in a "crisis."

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper fits nicely in nickel linebacker spot: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Harper moved into role as emergency fill-in, but Saints might consider keeping him there

New Orleans Saints won't think about past with new look Tampa Bay Buccaneers - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Saints will deal with plenty of different wrinkles with Coach Greg Schiano leading Tampa Bay

New Orleans Saints looking to get by even if tight end Jimmy Graham isn't available - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Pro Bowl TE still working to return from ankle injury

Former Saints OL Carl Nicks didn’t feel love, respect from New Orleans | wwltv.com New Orleans
There isn’t one day that Carl Nicks doesn’t look at his decision to leave the New Orleans Saints for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency this offseason and smile. In fact, he referred to his situation in the bay area as "lollipops and rainbows."

Bucs announce blackout is lifted for Saints game | ProFootballTalk
Well, it finally happened. The Buccaneers have sold enough tickets to allow their NFC South showdown against the Saints to be televised locally. "We're pleased to have reached the 85 percent of general admission seats needed for local broadcast of this Sunday's game versus the New Orleans Sain...

Bucs QB Freeman knows touchdowns needed against Saints | TBO.com
Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman acknowledges that he needs to get the ball in the end zone to beat the Saints and the NFL's top passer, Drew Brees.

Robinson faces tough test with Bucs receiver Williams | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Patrick Robinson's list of NFL receivers that are too talented to be defended with man coverage is short: Detroit's Calvin Johnson, Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson of Houston.

Nicks squares off against former Saints teammates on Sunday | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- You're Carl Nicks -- you want to be the best guard in the NFL, and paid accordingly.

New Orleans Saints Press Conference October 18th - 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.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham limited in Thursday's practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jimmy Graham injury status upgraded as he missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury

New Orleans Saints fans: What would Jimmy Graham's return mean for the offense? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
How big of a lift would Graham's return be for the Saints?

Brees weary of Ronde Barber's ball hogging | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
DB Ronde Barber tied his career high with three INTs vs. the Saints on Dec. 4, 2005.

Former Saint Carl Nicks out to prove a point against his old team
Former Saint Carl Nicks out to prove a point against his old team.

10 players returned to practice from reserve lists on Wednesday | ProFootballTalk
All of the players who returned to practice have a three-week window for returning to the active roster or being shut down for the season.

Bucs guard Carl Nicks talks about former team — to a point - Tampa Bay Times
Facing them and bounties? Yes. Their offensive signals? A big no. TAMPA — Bucs guard Carl Nicks spent the past four seasons with the Saints and probably could fill a parade float with insider information about them. Blocking schemes, audibles, hand signals — he could blow the horn on all that jazz.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Saints study reasons for early-season deficiencies | Black and Gold

Self scouting shows areas that need improvement for Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — As they do each year, the New Orleans Saints coaching staff took a long, hard look at their team during the bye week in trying t…

Saints credit collective effort for bottling up Chargers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — Luck, it’s been said, is the residue of design. But then again, sometimes good stuff just happens. Either way, the beleaguered S…

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VIDEO:

Aaron Kromer’s Interview 10/18/12

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