Fleur-de-Links: November 14, 2012

Chris Graythen

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Darren Sproles and Courtney Roby return to practice.

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Sun Herald: Sproles returns to practice Wednesday

Roman Harper () talking about facing his former DB coach, Raiders HC Dennis Allen

Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles returns to practice

Brees asked if Ivory was frustrated: If thats the way hes gonna run when hes frustrated, I hope hes frustrated the rest of the year.

Drew Brees on Chris Ivory's play as of late "He looks like a man on a mission"

Brees said he's not worried "one bit" about Jimmy Graham's dropped passes: Thing about our guys, theyre as mad about drops as anyone

Brees on : "He is . He is the secret weapon"

HERE GOES ESPN AGAIN WITH MORE DELETING S*** WITHOUT EXPLANATION via

: Thanks to for putting the football/Bball logo on my cleats! Nice surprise!

Vitt on run game: "I think Aaron has done a great job w/ our offensive line getting back to some basic things we do."

Vitt said Sproles was limited at practice today but added he "had a good practice"

NFL fined Texans LB Tim Dobbins $30,000 for hitting Jay Cutler - even though Dobbins claimed Cutler ran into him.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he does not believe his rib injury is season ending but he is unsure when he'll play again.

We are hosting a Google+ Hangout with tomorrow at 2:30 pm CT! See how you can Video Chat with Moore here:

Take just a moment to dream of a 6-5 Saints vs. 8-3 Falcons matchup two weeks from tomorrow. You deserve it.

1. The Saints and Falcons both know that the Saints own the Falcons. The Saints are in their heads. Without a doubt.

2. The Saints, being aware of #1, realize that there is a second game to be played in 15 days.

3. The Saints have made a conscious locker-room decision to needle the Falcons every day via the media until that matchup.

I have zero doubt about that series of events. The Saints are abusing them mentally and emotionally, and they're using journalists to do it.

Oh boy, Duncan's gone to the 610 Stompers now. Running out of steam with 7 weeks to go.

Congrats to on being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week!

When U begin to say "I can not get there from here" U should realize that from here is the ONLY way U can ever get to there!

Good morning my good and bad people. Be the difference for someone today

Who's workin...

Chris Ivory () surrounded by media after practice today

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WEEK 11: SAINTS @ RAIDERS:

METAIRIE: Sproles returns to practice Wednesday | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE — Running back Darren Sproles returned to Saints practice Wednesday and looked "dynamite," interim coach Joe Vitt said.

Saints RB Sproles back at practice after breaking hand Oct. 28 | wwltv.com New Orleans
Meanwhile, rookie cornerback Corey White (knee) and starting right tackle Zach Strief (left groin) didn’t practice. Strief continues his recovery from sports hernia surgery and could miss another 2-3 weeks. Additionally, defensive end Junior Galette (left ankle) didn’t practice.

New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles returns to practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Receiver Courtney Roby, who also missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury on Oct. 28 at Denver, was back at practice. He fully participated in drills.

New Orleans Saints: Live updates of Joe Vitt, Drew Brees press conferences - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Coach, quarterback will talk about Sunday's game against Oakland Raiders

Five things to look for: Saints at Raiders | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- The Saints (4-5) are aiming to get back to .500 with a win Sunday at Oakland. The Raiders (3-6) are aiming to end their losing streak at two games. Only one team, though, will accomplish its goal. And that victory at O.co Coliseum will likely occur because of one of more of the following statistics separating their gameday performances.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 11: Saints Backfield of Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory March Against Raiders | The Big Lead
Chris Ivory got the big runs, while Ingram is the first rounder who got the most carries. Both have a great matchup.

Raiders vs. Saints Game Notes
The Oakland Raiders host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in Oakland in 2012 Regular Season Week 11 action, presented by USAA.

Raiders Scouting Report | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. TV/RAD IO: Fox/WTGE-FM, 100.7, WWL-AM, 870, 105.3-FM. RECORDS: Raiders, 3-…

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MORE ON THE SAINTS' DEFEAT OF THE FALCONS:

Saints' Graham highlights NFC weekly winners
New York, NY (Sports Network) - New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Dallas Cowboys punt returner Dwayne Harris were recognized as the NFC's top Week 10 performers.

Jimmy Graham’s big day gets rewarded | ProFootballTalk
The Saints' attempt to dig out from under their 0-4 start to return to the playoff picture got a huge boost from Sunday's 31-27 win over the Falcons. Tight end Jimmy Graham played a big role in that winning effort.

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham named NFC Offensive Player of the Week - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Jimmy Graham compiled a career-high 146 receiving yards in Falcons win

Saints renew hopes with emerging power running attack
The Saints don't need to be among the NFL's top rushing offenses. As long as the running game continues to complement the passing game, Brees and Co. will continue to fly the friendly skies and rack up frequent flyer points.

Report: Scott Shanle says Falcons players acted classless | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said the Atlanta Falcons players acted classless on Sunday, particularly in their treatment of ex-teammate Curtis Lofton, according to a report by Michael Silver of Yahoo!Sports.

PFT Live: The Falcons beat themselves? Uh…no | ProFootballTalk
Falcons WR Roddy White said after Sunday's loss to the Saints that the Falcons beat themselves. No, Roddy, the Saints beat the Falcons. That's what happened, and that is how plenty of fans saw it, too, shown by their responses in this Wendy's Rapid Reactions segment.

Jonathan Vilma rips Atlanta: "We always beat the Falcons" | ProFootballTalk
"We’re not going to sit here and keep talking about how we beat the Falcons," Vilma told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We always beat the Falcons. Our team is 11-2 since Sean [Payton] got here."

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma: Falcons need to 'act like you've been there before' - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"They were the complete opposite," he said. "It kind of rubbed us the wrong way. ... You don't usually see that. It's not a major issue, it just got under our skin, but we won, so we're done with that. If they want to do it again, that's their business, but act like you've been there before."

Second Read: Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham lead league-wide TE outburst | Audibles - SI.com
It was a remarkable weekend for tight ends around the NFL. A dozen TEs scored 15 total touchdowns — and the showcase of the impressive play from that position took place in New Orleans.

Saints Nation Podcast: Let's All Point and Laugh at the Falcons

moosedenied " Blog Archive " Dead Fly The Birds
Somewhere in New York City, Roger's having a Matty Ice Moment in his pants. Pete Prisco is going all Dutch Wagenbach with it on the windpipe of a small cat. And the Falcons are about to implode. Good times.

Drew Brees' passing game against the Atlanta Falcons: Graphic - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
A look at Drew Brees' passing accuracy during the New Orleans Saints' 31-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons

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LAGNIAPPE:

Drew & Brittany Brees to be featured on CBS "Person to Person" Nov. 23 | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saints superstar Drew Brees and his wife Brittany will bring a little more exposure of their adopted hometown to the nation on the Friday after Thanksgiving, when CBS profiles the couple on a primetime special "Person to Person."

When it comes to spotting concussions, NFL walking tightrope | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has developed a very good procedure for keeping players with concussions out of action until they are healed. But when it comes to spotting a player who suffered a concussion during a game, the NFL’s current protocol doesn’t work.

Graham leads NFL in dropped passes - NFC South Blog - ESPN
According to ESPN Stats & Information, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham leads the NFL with eight drops.

Focus on tight ends only growing - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

With Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez having a big Week 10, the expanded role of NFL tight ends has never been more apparent. Focus on tight ends only growing

Meet New Orleans Saints super fans the 610 Stompers - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Idea for dance group was hatched at the Superdome

Jonathan Vilma to Host Third Annual Celebrity Servers Dinner at Morton’s
Event will take place on Monday, Dec. 10 at Morton's The Steakhouse in New Orleans

Saints move up four spots in NFL rankings in rushing | Black and Gold

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