Fleur-de-Links: Thanksgiving 2012

Jed Jacobsohn

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: 49ers say not so fast on starting QB decision. Alex Smith cleared to practice. Colin Kaepernick to get first-team reps in practice, but either QB could start.

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at practice today

Vitt said Galette (Ankle), White (Knee), Brown (Knee), Mack (Concussion) & Humber (sick) did not practice today

Vitt said Sproles was FULL at practice for the second straight day

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone gets a chance to spend this special day with family and friends

We did! Ask rookie how it went :) RT i wonder if pulled the turkey prank on the rookies this year? I HOPE SO!

Hope you can join us for a Turkey Day edition of THE NFL TODAY. I'll have news on Gregg Williams, injured/benched QBs and more

Happy ThanksGiving Everyone and God Bless

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Being Thanksgiving I want to say how grateful I am for my family , friends, and teammates in my life. Enjoy the simple things. Cheers

: strips the ball from Cowboys WR Roy Williams (VIDEO)

. is counting down the Top 10 Day plays. No. 10 was:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Have a great day!! What are you thankful for??? Enjoy today's locker room message.. It's good

Hoghead cheese: Breakfast of Champions

Follow & thank the true Saints: , ,, , , ,

Happy Thanksgiving Fans!

Goodmorning and Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great day with family and friends.

for Family who supports me, a wife who loves me, the troops who protect me, fans who cheer for me & the Good Lord who blesses me

Good Morning & Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Take time today to count your blessings & spend time w/ loved ones. So much to be thankful for!!

Happy turkey day... Revenge of the itis

We all have so much to be thankful for, don't forget that part lol

Happy Thanksgiving! If youre thinking of sending that annoying mass text today, dont, i'll be thankful for that.

Good morning everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for. So take the time today to tell the people u love!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Have a great day w family n friends.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for a supportive family, loving girlfriend, & amazing friends among many other things…So many blessings!

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. So much to be thankful for. Hope you all have a beautiful day with family and friends.

Win 2 tickets to the 49ers game. Make a poster to bring to the game,then tweet it to me.Winners will be picked Friday.

Here's a pic of the winners from the Last give away to the Falcons game.

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SAINTS TURKEY:

Drew Brees: "We're Starting to Hit Our Stride"
Quarterback Drew Brees met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the team's performance and the upcoming contest against the San Francisco 49ers

Joe Vitt: "San Francisco 49ers Are Certainly Going to be a Challenge"
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt spoke with the media Wednesday about the team's home game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday

Saints’ defense still with only 3 healthy cornerbacks ahead | wwltv.com New Orleans
Right tackle Zach Strief was limited once again, his second straight day of practicing less than full as the Saints prepare for Sunday’s critical NFC game against San Francisco.

Saints well aware of what 49ers RB Frank Gore can do | wwltv.com New Orleans
METAIRIE, La. – Lost in all the talk about who the 49ers will go with at quarterback is one small detail.
San Francisco (7-2-1) owns the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL.
While everyone knows about the growing quarterback controversy between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick, few people are talking about Frank Gore.

Saints undaunted by task of preparing for two 49ers quarterbacks | wwltv.com New Orleans
When Colin Kaepernick completed his impressive first career NFL start, a 32-7 win over Chicago, the drumbeat of controversy began its inevitable march.

Saints Notebook: Playoff loss to 49ers still fresh in players' minds - CBSSports.com
Last year's tough playoff loss to the 49ers is still on the minds of Saints players as they prepare for a rematch with San Francisco on Sunday.

Saints’ Vitt is wary of 49ers’ top-ranked running game | Black and Gold

Aldon Smith ultimate test for Saints OL - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Aldon Smith ultimate test for Saints OL

Saints running back Ivory still has uncertain role - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

Saints running back Ivory still has uncertain role Saints running back Ivory still has uncertain role

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49ers CORNBREAD DRESSING:

Jim Harbaugh, Vernon Davis Discuss Sunday's Matchup in New Orleans
49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and tight end Vernon Davis spoke with members of the New Orleans media Wednesday via conference call about facing the Saints on Sunday

Source -- Alex Smith medically cleared, but Colin Kaepernick on track to start for San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been fully cleared medically following concussion testing, but the team is proceeding with plans to start Colin Kaepernick on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, according to a team source.

San Francisco 49ers - Niner Insider Blog - SFGate.com " Why Colin Kaepernick starting would be a surprise

Frankly, I’m surprised the 49ers are apparently going with Kaepernick, particularly against the Saints. Playing in the din of the Superdome can be challenging for a veteran, much less a second-year player making his second career start. In that situation the quarterback has to help out his offensive line, and it’s debatable Kaepernick has that capacity at this stage. Also, Kaepernick will have to match wits with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, one of the brightest players in the league and the Saints defensive play caller.

Upon Further Review: QB Controversy, Aldon Smith's greatness, key match-up vs the Saints, plus a "two minute-drill" - 49erswebzone.com

Happy Turkey Day, 49erland, and welcome to another installment of Upon Further Review. Given recent events, there has been no end of "gobble gobble" going on…and not just because Thanksgiving is

Do San Francisco 49ers have quarterback controversy? - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN

It took one win by Colin Kaepernick to create controversy on the San Francsico 49ers, who were rolling right along with Alex Smith as quarterback. Do San Francisco 49ers have quarterback controversy?

Smith says Kaepernick will get first-team reps, but starting job still open | ProFootballTalk

Well, well, well. It looks like we’ve got a little ESPN-on-SI crime.

For now, Kaepernick knows only that he’ll get first-team reps | ProFootballTalk

There are competing reports regarding what 49ers quarterback Alex Smith precisely knows regarding his status for Sunday. From SI.com, Smith has been told Colin Kaepernick will start against the Saints. From ESPN, Smith has been told Kaepernick will get the first-team reps in practice, and that either guy could start.

49ers.com | On the Phone with Vitt and Harper

Unfortunately for him, Roman Harper had the best view of "Vernon Post" last year when the 49ers and Saints met in the NFC Divisional Round. Vernon Davis cut just in front of the New Orleans safety before making the historic touchdown catch, which gave San Francisco a 36-32 win an propelled it to the NFC Championship game.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – SFGate.com " Aldon Smith is sacker extraordinaire
Aldon Smith is sacker extraordinaire

Report on Kaepernick starting stirs fans - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers are starting Colin Kaepernick on merit and not simply because Alex Smith remains unavailable while recovering from a concussi

Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers to take first-team reps in practice, according to Alex Smith - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick will take all the first-team reps for the San Francisco 49ers this week, Alex Smith told ESPN Wednesday night. Smith told ESPN that coach Jim Harbaugh informed the two quarterbacks of the practice split on Wednesday.

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BOUNTYFARCE MASHED POTATOES:

49ers not worried about, paying attention to Gregg Williams’ pregame speech | wwltv.com New Orleans
Jim Harbaugh knows about Gregg Williams’ speech prior to the Saints’ NFC divisional playoff game against his 49ers.

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LAGNIAPPE GREEN BEANS:

Lewis: Bayou Classic not exactly what it once was | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
NEW ORLEANS — According to the company hired to manage the Bayou Classic a year ago, the event will draw more than 200,000 visitors to New …

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VIDEO CRANBERRY SAUCE:

Chris Ivory Interview 11/21/12
RB Chris Ivory speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Will Smith Interview 11/21/12
DE Will Smith speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Curtis Lofton Interview 11/21/12
LB Curtis Lofton speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Pierre Thomas Interview 11/21/12
RB Pierre Thomas speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Malcolm Jenkins Interview 11/21/12
S Malcolm Jenkins speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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