Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, December 22

He's back!! - Ezra Shaw

Your daily collection of Saints news, opinion and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: T Zach Strief is off the injury list, and FB Jed Colins is ruled OUT for the Cowboys game with a knee/toe injury.

HansDat's traveling and visiting the In-Laws for the next couple of days, so here's a tweet-free FDL for your reading pleasure. If I get time and internet access, I'll toss up an All-Tweet Edition of Who Dat Say!?! this afternoon or evening...

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From the Saints Sideline

Pete Carmichael's Weekly Media Session | neworleanssaints.com
Post-Practice Media Availability Friday, December 21, 2012. Transcript includes link to video.

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys: Inside the game | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Can the Saints stop Jason Witten?

New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief appears ready to return against Dallas | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - FB Jed Collins is ruled out.

Saints list only FB Collins out for Sunday's Cowboys matchup | sportsnola.com
Only one player on the active roster of the New Orleans Saints is a definite no-go for Sunday's game at the Dallas Cowboys.

Reserve New Orleans Saints safeties proving they have play-making skills | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Abdul-Quddus, Rafael Bush have combined for 3 interceptions the past two games.

Malcolm Jenkins disappointed, but understands IR decision | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Missing a game was painful enough for New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins, but watching Sunday’s 41-0 thrashing of the Tampa Bay Bucs was tougher than he could ever have imagined.

Young Saints safeties Abdul-Quddus, Bush stepping up late in season | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - The optimistic tweets began to grow the longer New Orleans’ game against went. The Saints’ safeties were playing well, showing athleticism and ball skills most thought didn’t exist.

Curtis Lofton, many other New Orleans Saints make a difference in children's lives: First-and-10 | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Lofton's special relationship with young cancer patient one of many examples of Saints using their high profiles for good causes.

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham might miss out on Pro Bowl, thanks to Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten: First-and-10 | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Ten more observations heading into Sunday's game between the Saints and Cowboys.

Damage control Week 16: New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys | NOLA.com
Makie Shilstone - Practice makes perfect in the NFL.

Tony Romo has Cowboys on playoff cusp | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - A scratch golfer has the Dallas Cowboys and their restless fan base itching for more this holiday season.

With Joe Vitt at controls, Mark Ingram finding groove | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - After nearly two full seasons in the NFL, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram finally is breaking a sweat on a weekly basis.

A healthy Ingram beginning to find rhythm in professional game for Saints | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - It’s not that Mark Ingram doesn’t strike an imposing figure. At 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, he’s more than a physical presence on a football field.

Texas roots run deep for Drew Brees | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - Even though he splits most of the year between his homes in New Orleans and San Diego, Drew Brees’ Texas roots run deep.

The New Orleans Saints Travel to Battle the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday | neworleanssaints.com
The Saints have won six of the last seven meetings with the Cowboys.

Broadcast Information: Saints at Cowboys | neworleanssaints.com
Saints and Cowboys kickoff at Noon CT this Sunday on FOX.

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about the Week 16 games.

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From the OK Corral

My Cowboys-Saints pick; why Dez won't make Pro Bowl | dallasnews.com
Columnist Tim Cowlishaw answered questions in a chat Thursday. Here are some highlights.

Dez Bryant wants to keep positive momentum moving forward | dallasnews.com
Mike Heika - One of the greatest transitions of the 2012 Cowboys season has been the maturation of the game of receiver Dez Bryant.

DeMarcus Ware says he’s fine, can handle whatever the offense has to throw at him | dallasnews.com
Mike Heika - DeMarcus Ware said he’s ready to go Sunday against New Orleans, no matter what kind of nicks and bruises he might be fighting through.

Cowboys free safety Gerald Sensabaugh earning respect, responsibility as consistent leader | dallasnews.com
Mike Heika - Gerald Sensabaugh was handed an interesting little honor this week.

Keys to the Game | dallascowboys.com
Rowan Kavner

A Lot Of Good Ranch Hands Stepping Up | dallascowboys.com
Mickey Spagnola - All hands on deck.

Scout’s Notebook: Ryan’s History vs. NO; X Factors & More | dallascowboys.com
Bryan Broaddus

NFC East race: The case for the Cowboys - NFC East Blog | ESPN.com
Dan Graziano - This is the third in a three-part series looking at each of the three teams tied for first place in the NFC East with two weeks to play and making the case for why that team will win the division.

Final Word: NFC East - NFC East Blog | ESPN.com
Dan Graziano - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 16.

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Lagniappe

Life after Hurricane Katrina has continued to be blessing for Dallas Cowboys lineman Darrion Weems | NOLA.com
Terrance Harris - New Orleans resident forced to leave area after flooding.

Sean Payton's future with New Orleans Saints still cloudy | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Payton's friendship with Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones on display at 2009 Senior Bowl.

New Orleans Saints Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma's days could be numbered with cap cuts looming | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Longtime stars are leading candidates to be released in offseason.

Pelican power and the fear of a black & gold planet: Jeff Duncan's Weekly Reader | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - (he ain't your Daddy's Pete Finney) "Never before has the NFL dumped this kind of acrimony on top of a fan base with such a hereditary disposition to isolationism and contempt".

Jeff Duncan Did The Most Jeff Duncan Thing Ever Today, Because He Is A G****** Moron | The Angry Who Dat
His latest venture – the weekly pile of garbage that is the "Weekly Reader" – is journalistic idiocy on a pure, primal level.

Dear Mr. Bingle… | moosedenied.com
Where y'at, brah? Been a while. Say, if you've got a couple minutes, mind if I fix you up a Mid City Mule or three and have a word?

If Thomas Morstead Doesn't Make the Pro Bowl, It's the Final Indictment on a Popularity Contest Widely Known as a Farce | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - Very few players in my lifetime as a Saint fan have I felt more deserving of a Pro Bowl berth than Marques Colston at some point in his career.

Should the New Orleans Saints sign Chad Jones? | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - One-time Giants draft pick hopes to schedule workout with Saints.

Former LSU safety Chad Jones excited to work out with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Rachel Whitaker - New Orleans native honored at New Orleans Bowl luncheon.

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V-Roll Roll Call

Video: New Orleans-Dallas predictions - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
The Countdown Daily crew makes its picks for Saints at Cowboys.

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