Fleur-de-Links: November 28, 2012

Chris Graythen

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: OT Zach Strief listed as 'questionable' for Thursday night game.

TWEETS:

A whopping eight teams put in waiver claims for former Eagles DE Jason Babin who was awarded to the Jaguars, per league source.

Prisco hates arrogance RT So Smith has ratings over 145 in two games, and he loses his job? Coaching arrogance

Saints-Falcons Final Injury Report

LSU announces contract extension and pay raise for Les Miles - RT:

Getting ready on this short week... Gotta get my legs back for tomorrow!!!

After not practicing this week, Falcons DB Asante Samuel is listed as Questionable for tomorrow

Which means he's actually met Sean Payton. RT : OT Will Robinson spent past 2 months bouncing at a bar in Los Angeles.

One can only hope. RT : Is SF's Smith/Kaepernick issue analagous to Blake/Brooks in 2000-2001?

WOW! Mason OH 2nd grader makes 1 handed pic return TD. Wasn’t sure which way to run at first.

": Just voted for my favorite Fullback for the Pro Bowl! And of course couldn't forget Thank U!

Vitt said Brown (Knee), Galette (Ankle), Abdul-Quddus (Concussion), Roby (Shoulder/Ankle), Johnson (Back) are OUT for tomorrow

Get this to shed the unwated fat on your belly in just {2} weeks

Vitt said Strief (Groin) is questionable for tomorrow

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Will Smith () talks about tomorrow's contest with the Falcons (VIDEO)

Okay this shouldn't be hard... need die-hard Saints female fan (who is not Nola Chick) to profile for HLN's...

": The NFL punter who currently has the most Pro Bowl fan votes: with 61,373 " Thanks

Drew Brees is currently 8th in overall Pro Bowl voting with 376,530 votes

Yes RT Is it going to be white jerseys, black pants for Thursday night?

Everyone go out and vote for Marques Colston 4 pro bowl All he does is ball He wouldve been to 3 already if he talked trash & had a nickname

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SAINTS @ FALCONS:

Saints place OT Harris on IR, have five players sit out Tuesday’s practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
The Saints placed tackle Bryce Harris on injured reserve Tuesday, filling his roster opening with tight end Michael Higgins as the team continues to fight through injuries on the edge of the offensive line.

Saints RT Strief listed as questionable, likely to return against Falcons | wwltv.com New Orleans
Five players have been ruled out of New Orleans’ Thursday night game at Atlanta, but the biggest question mark heading into the showdown remains right tackle Zach Strief.

In need of new win streak, Saints visit Falcons
The New Orleans Saints are out of mulligans.

Saints understand difficulty Atlanta’s tandem of Turner, Rodgers can pose | wwltv.com New Orleans
The Saints defense isn’t breaking ground when it says knowing what personnel their opponent has on the field is critical to their coming up with a stop. Thursday night, it’ll be of the utmost importance to know exactly who is in Atlanta’s backfield.

Saints fan taunts Falcons CB on Twitter | wwltv.com New Orleans
As social media becomes more and more a part of everyday habits, it has proven to be an avenue for professional athletes to interact with fans. Or, in Asante Samuel’s case, have trash talk lobbed his way.

How Will The Recent Roster Moves Affect The New Orleans Saints?
The Saints placed rookie offensive tackle Bryce Harris on the injured reserve list ending his 2012-2013 season. In addition to moving Harris to the IR the Saints also promoted tight end Michael Higgins to the active roster from the practice squad. Also, Higgins’ spot on the practice squad was filled by guard/tackle Ryan Lee as the Saints filled out their entire roster with all of these moves.

Thursday Matchup: Saints at Falcons - NYTimes.com
The Saints' defense, the N.F.L.'s worst against the run, gets a chance to stop the eminently stoppable Michael Turner.

New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief questionable for Thursday's game against Falcons | NOLA.com
Junior Gallette, Courtney Roby, Charles Brown, Tom Johnson and Isa Abdul-Quddus officially out for Thursday

Zach Strief limited as Saints place Bryce Harris on injured reserve | ProFootballTalk
The Saints finished Sunday's loss to the 49ers with their fourth-string right tackle on the field and they may be in similar straits against the Falcons on Thursday night. New Orleans announced Tuesday that tackle Bryce Harris has been placed on injured reserve.

Asante Samuel, Peria Jerry looking like game-time decisions | ProFootballTalk
Samuel and Jerry both missed practice for a second consecutive day on Tuesday. Samuel played Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a shoulder injury against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. Samuel did not practice Wednesday or Thursday last week before returning to limited participation on Friday. Head coach Mike Smith said Samuel is likely a game-time decision.

Curtis Lofton: Saints don’t see Falcons as rivals | ProFootballTalk
After the Saints beat the Falcons a couple of weeks ago, there were a lot of chatter from both sides. The Saints were upset by the way the Falcons were "classless" before the game and talked about the Falcons as their "little brothers" who have come up short of victory in 11 of the last 13 meeti...

New Orleans Saints understand importance of game against Atlanta Falcons | NOLA.com
Another loss would put them farther back in playoff race

Saints run offense, defense key against Falcons | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
"What we took away from that first game is we put up some good points, we controlled the ball, and we had good ball security," Saints fullback Jed Collins said. "That’s the kind of simple things we have to take into this week’s game.

Saints’ Strief hopes to return Thursday against Falcons | Black and Gold
"I have a chance," said Strief, who was limited again Tuesday. "It feels good. We’ve had all improvements and no setbacks. It just wasn’t quite there Sunday, but it felt good today.

Saints-Falcons Scouting Report | Black and Gold

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PETE CARMICHAEL TO BOSTON COLLEGE?:

Pete Carmichael could leave Saints for Boston College | ProFootballTalk
Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael may be a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Boston College. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Carmichael is on the radar at Boston College, which fired coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday, at the end of a 2-10 season.

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. reportedly on Boston College 'radar' | NOLA.com
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Boston College may be interested in Carmichael

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REALLY?:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell named a candidate for Time Magazine's 2012 'Person of the Year' | NOLA.com
SATCH NOTE: This is a joke, right? "Tyrannical Douchebag of the Year" would be most appropriate for this guy.

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BOUNTYFARCE:

Vilma, Smith will miss Cerullo’s testimony, but be present for Williams’ | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue intends to proceed this week with the hearing in the bounty suspension appeals, even though Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Saints defensive end Will Smith will be playing in Atlanta on Thursday night.

Vilma suspension letter might tie league’s hands | ProFootballTalk
Earlier tonight, we pointed out that the decision of former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to allow former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo to testify at the bounty appeal hearing at a time when Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Saints defensive end Will Smith aren't available to attend and observe and...

Smith, Vilma to attend Williams' hearing | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C.

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LAGNIAPPE:

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leads all positions in Pro Bowl voting | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with more than 376,000 votes, currently ranks No. 8 in online Pro Bowl voting.

NFL fines Ndamukong Suh $30,000 | ProFootballTalk

The NFL has fined Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for his kick to the groin of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving. The fine was confirmed by the NFL shortly after Suh made his first public comments about the incident, comments in which he insisted that he had nothing to a...

Feelin' the Brees: New Orleans Saints' offensive stats thru Game 11 | NOLA.com

Drew Brees, Saints offense vs. the San Francisco 49ers

Jammal Brown officially shut down for season | ProFootballTalk
Brown was well enough to start practicing earlier this month, but he suffered a setback with the hip injury that required surgery before the season and has bothered Brown since last season. That makes Wednesday’s announcement something less than a surprise and probably isn’t even much of a disappointment for a team that’s gotten used to playing without Brown this season.

John Harbaugh nearly faced a mutiny in October | ProFootballTalk
"It was practically a mutiny," a Ravens player told Silver. "It came very close to getting out of control. But the way Coach Harbaugh handled it was amazing. He let people have their say, and he listened, and he explained himself, and pretty soon it was like a big group-therapy session. In the end, a lot of positive things were said. We didn’t practice in pads, but we came out of there stronger as a group."

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