Fleur-de-Links: November 21, 2012

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Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints new sand opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: OT Zach Strief returns to practice, listed as 'limited.' Darren Sproles has 'full' practice.

TWEETS:

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RT 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on QBs: "we'll let it play out." No timeline on announcement.

Energetic day of practice. Love feeling the focus and commitment to our preparation today!

Saints Wednesday Injury Report

Brees on his foundation’s $1 million donation to Sandy relief efforts "we know the type of damage a hurricane like that can cause"

Brees on donation: "They have a long road ahead of them. Certainly they can use all the help they can get. We wanted to help"

Thank u everyone 4 The Support....I Will b back....on God's Time...

Vitt said Darren Sproles (Hand) was FULL at practice today

Big news from Bristol: ESPN reaches 12-yr deal for new college football playoff, incl Nat'l Championship.

Jim Harbaugh said he expects Alex Smith to be cleared this week to play. And then, next move Harbaugh's.

Don Banks: Week 11 Power Rankings...

83.3% of ’s receptions this season have gone for a 1st down, which ranks 3rd in the NFL

From the AP: Paul Tagliabue has told NFL, players he will complete bounty hearings by Dec. 4

Radio Call: ' Pick-6 vs the Raiders:

Determination. Dedication. Motivation.

"Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention" Ron Jaworski

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SAINTS PREPARE FOR 49ers:

New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief limited in Wednesday's practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Four Saints miss practice with injuries, while Darren Sproles practiced fully

Saints tackle Strief returns to practice Wednesday | wwltv.com New Orleans
Right tackle Zach Strief returned to practice Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis, a positive sign as the Saints prepare for a critical Sunday showdown with NFC West-leading San Francisco

Five things to consider in 49ers-Saints game | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- While the 49ers decide which quarterback to play, the Saints must find a way to extend their five-game winning streak when they play San Francisco on Sunday in the Superdome. After all, the Saints would prefer to play saviors versus spoilers. They are still chasing a long list of teams for one of the two NFC wild card teams. Meanwhile, San Francisco is trying to stay in control of the NFC West. Here are five reasons why the Saints (5-5) despise the 49ers (7-2).

Saints rise two more spots in NFL rushing stats | Black and Gold

Marques Colston Is Already One Of The New Orleans Saints All-Time Greats
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston is having a great season. Find out which record he has already broken and which record is next.

November has been All-Saints month for New Orleans
What a coincidence that the strongly Catholic city of New Orleans just happened to be awarded an NFL franchise in 1966 on Nov. 1 — All Saints' Day, a religious holiday also called All Hallows celebrated by

Five things to consider in 49ers-Saints game | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
Five reasons why the Saints (5-5) despise the 49ers (7-2)

Saints-49ers Scouting Report | Black and Gold

Can the Saints Keep Rising? " NFL Gridiron Gab
By Lucas McMillan Many people predicted the New Orleans Saints would be dead in the water after this summer’s Bountygate scandal, and for a while, they were. They started out 0-4, and their four losses couldn’t have been any worse.

New Orleans Saints: Live updates from Joe Vitt, Drew Brees press conferences - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
Vitt, Brees to field questions about Sunday's game against 49ers

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49ers PREPARE FOR SAINTS:

Vernon Davis says Alex Smith is "still the man" | ProFootballTalk
49ers tight end Vernon Davis had a season-high six receptions on Monday night, with Colin Kaepernick throwing the passes. But that doesn't mean Davis is ready to declare that Kaepernick should be the starter.

Harbaugh: "I believe we have the opposite of a controversy."

Harbaugh's three options at quarterback
Jim Harbaugh hasn't said "Alex is our guy," leaving the 49ers with three options moving forward at quarterback. Insider Matt Maiocco details each.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – SFGate.com " Colin Kaepernick: ‘I don’t want there to be a controversy’
Colin Kaepernick: ‘I don’t want there to be a controversy’

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – SFGate.com " Harbaugh ‘sure’ Alex Smith will be medically cleared this week
Harbaugh ‘sure’ Alex Smith will be medically cleared this week

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – SFGate.com " Tweets tell tale: Award-winning Aldon Smith left Bears’ line in tatters
Tweets tell tale: Award-winning Aldon Smith left Bears’ line in tatters

Break It Down: Why Von Miller and Aldon Smith are dominating | Audibles - SI.com
Audibles – SI.com - Chris Burke on the NFL

Aldon Smith named NFC Defensive Player of the Week - Niners Nation
We break down the news that Aldon Smith has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis ‘can't choose sides' in QB controversy - Niners Nation
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has mixed emotions following the big Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

49ers press conference live stream: Jim Harbaugh - Niners Nation

We provide a live stream and open thread for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh's Wednesday press conference leading up to Sunday's game with the New Orleans Saints.

Jim Harbaugh won't provide answer yet on Week 12 starting quarterback - Niners Nation

We break down some of Jim Harbaugh's comments related to the 49ers QB situation heading into Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

49ers’ Kaepernick gets big assist from DE Smith | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

SAN FRANCISCO — Aldon Smith’s high-flying defense gave Colin Kaepernick all kinds of extra chances in his first career NFL start. And the K…

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Paul Tagliabue expected to make bounty ruling in December
Ex-NFL commissioner directs NFL to produce witnesses from probe, including Gregg Williams.

Tagliabue tells NFL to produce Cerullo, Williams for testimony | ProFootballTalk
When former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue convenes the appeal hearing in the bounty case, two key witnesses will be required to attend and testify. According to the Associated Press, a document sent by Tagliabue to the parties directs the NFL to produce former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo and ...

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LAGNIAPPE:

Mike Tice: Bears OL needs to "buck up and win a fight" | ProFootballTalk
The Bears were without Jay Cutler Monday night, but even if he was there, he might not have been for long. After watching his group allow six sacks to the 49ers, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice didn’t rule out lineup changes. But mostly, he said the problem was simple.

Meet New Orleans Saints super fan, Randal Singer: Mr. Hi Five - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
For Singer Saints games are significant cultural events

At Thanksgiving, Saints, Hornets, Cash Money Records get into season of giving | NOLA.com

Clash of Female NFL Fans
Chick Fight: Redskins vs Cowboys

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