Fleur-de-Links: August 22, 2012

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TWEETS:

GM Mickey Loomis said LB Barrett Ruud has passed his physical today. So Ruud should be full go for Wednesday's practice.

It's a great feeling knowing u have the opportunity to go to work and get better everyday.. No matter what you do.

Make sure everybody checks out n follows for questions and info about the Home Runs for Kids charity softball game this Sunday

Posted a pic.....

Steve Gleason..how can we all not be inspired by this man? I always admired him as a teammate but his spirit burns brighter today.

": You know your a parent when every TV in the house is on Nick jr lol" lol that's wassup big homie! Glad the fam back wit u!

My Brother Just Got me So irritated waking me up Out My nap LoL it's all good tho Spread Love y'all!

": Did this at work today :) " Wow that is amazing!

TIL 10P CST Buy my signed 8x10 glossy @ & win 'WOOD poster!

RIP Tony Scott- the Director of my all time favorite movie Topgun

Brit & I are excited to launch NINE, our new lifestyle brand the week before our season opener on 9/9. See for details

Is it Crazy right NOW is the youngest U will ever be again! By the end of this tweet U will be a little older !

Cold tubbin it after practice!! Gotta keep that body feelin good!! Check the temp!! ------->

": Great practice today!! Definitely got better!!" I feel the same way...

Former Redskins RB Clinton Portis will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Redskins Park.

League continues to hint a Europe-based team not impossible. Number of games played in London will grow quickly

For those that argue the concussion lawsuits are a money grab, check 's series out.

The official hashtag for Friday's game is . Use it in all your tweets about the game!

RT : The official hashtag for Friday's game is . Use it in all your tweets about the game!

Join n me hitting home runs for kids! Join us 8/26 family food&fun! Get tickets

AND WE HAVE QB #9 DREW BREES hitting homeruns for kids!!Get tickets . CANT MISS THAT!!

": Improving the controllable factors in life helps U reduce the impact of the uncontrollable factors!Be "

I'd have been more excited if the Saints had signed Rick Rude. And he's deader than Phyllis Diller.

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TUESDAY SAINTS PRACTICE:

Joe Vitt Talks About Barrett Ruud, Gives an Injury Update
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with the media following practice on Tuesday.

Vitt: "There Are Some Real Good Players On This Football Team"
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with the media following practice on Tuesday.

Camarillo Says Offseason Workouts with Saints QBs Helped Pave the Way for His New Orleans Arrival
New Saints WR worked out with three of the Saints QBs during the offseason in San Diego

Chase Daniel using preseason to prove himself - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"It's the regular season to me," Daniel said of the preseason. "It's the playoffs. Every single game you go out there not only are you auditioning for this team but you are auditioning for 31 other teams."

New Orleans Saints injury update: Darren Sproles, Turk McBride return to practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
The two likely won't play Saturday night against the Houston Texans, but they are closing in on being fully healthy, Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said.

New Orleans Saints Travaris Cadet and Joe Morgan provide gleaming highlights
New Orleans Saints Travaris Cadet and Joe Morgan provide gleaming highlights.

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DEALING WITH INJURIES:

New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton says he’ll be ready for opener | wwltv.com New Orleans
New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton walked through the locker room Tuesday when he was spotted by a herd of reporters.

Saints Linebackers Excited About Ruud Joining the Squad
Rudd’s college teammate Scott Shanle says the newly acquired linebacker has great instincts

New Orleans Saints linebacker injuries won't force Martez Wilson back to his old position - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"If I need to (switch back to linebacker) I will," Wilson said. "I just want to play. If it gets me on the field, it gets me on the field."

New Orleans Saints will use 'next three men up' mantra at linebacker thanks to injuries - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I've never seen anything like this," linebacker Scott Shanle said. "The last three days has been pretty remarkable not in a good way. We were just joking about the middle linebackers going down and we look up and you have all sorts of different combinations out there running. It's just one of those things."

New Orleans Saints LB Curtis Lofton says he would play this week if it were Week 1 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"Physically, it slows me down just a little bit," Lofton said. "Mentally, I'm still in all of the meetings and going out to practice and watching all of the practice film and pushing myself mentally to get ready to go."

Just who is linebacker Barrett Ruud? - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Barrett Ruud is probably best known by many New Orleans Saints fans as the guy who frustrated the offensive players while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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BOUNTYFARCE:

HBO to make alteration on "Real Sports" segment subtitles for Steve Gleason interview
HBO to make alteration on "Real Sports" segment subtitles for Steve Gleason interview.

HBO will change the Gleason subtitles | ProFootballTalk
In a roundabout way, Gleason’s quote as narrowed is a slap at the stated motivations of the filmmaker who has claimed that he ultimately released the audio against Gleason’s wishes because the filmmaker was so troubled by what he heard. In the immediate aftermath, per Gleason, the filmmaker wasn’t even shocked.

HBO admits error in transcribing Gleason quote about Saints
Former New Orleans special teams ace is affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease, which made one of his Bountygate-related statements unclear.

HBO's "Real Sports" to feature former Saint Steve Gleason; controversy already in interview
HBO's "Real Sports" to feature former Saint Steve Gleason; controversy already in interview.

Brooks Reed, J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing lead still-hungry Texans - Peter King - SI.com
HBO this morning agreed with Gleason, calling the mistake a "transcription error,'' and said it would correct the misquote in its story -- which runs in a subtitle while Gleason is speaking -- airing tonight. Even though the quote was provided by HBO and it's very rare for a team or network to provide a quote that is incorrect, it's still my column and I ran the wrong words from a quote. I take responsibility and regret the error.

Steve Gleason says his comments about Gregg Williams' speech have been misrepresented - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I feel I was misquoted," Gleason said late Monday night. "I don't know if they misunderstood me because I don't speak that clearly or what, but they misquoted me."

Gleason says he was misquoted by HBO | ProFootballTalk
Gleason also adds in his email this observation regarding the Williams speech: "In my opinion, speeches like the one given by Gregg Williams are not the cause of increased rate of brain disease in the NFL population. The increased rate of brain disease In the NFL population is caused by the way the game is played within the rules."

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FEAR THE BEARD:

New Orleans Saints DE Junior Galette vows to keep growing beard until Saints win Super Bowl - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"Win the Super Bowl, then I'll cut it off," said Galette, who signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010, the season after the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV. "That's the plan. But until then, I'm going to keep it."

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LAGNIAPPE:

Ground Emerges As Tim Tebow's Favorite Target | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
FLORHAM PARK, NJ—With competition heating up at practices, Jets coaches and players confirmed Thursday that the ground was quickly emerging as quarterback Tim Tebow’s favorite target and had already received 90 percent of the third-year player...

SN concussion report: Losing grip on reality a fear that never stops - NFL - Sporting News

Asante Samuel could be sliding out of the starting lineup | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons have given no indication that Samuel could be in trouble of not making the team, but we’re getting closer to the day when there will be inevitable surprises as rosters get slashed from 90 to 53.

Warren Sapp’s book tour isn’t going well | ProFootballTalk
The problem is that Sapp, when irritated, tends to split hairs on irrelevant details, allowing him to simultaneously be defensive and go on the attack.

Bush, Dansby and Long sat down with Philbin about Chad Johnson | ProFootballTalk
The Hard Knocks cameras were inside the closed-door meeting in which Reggie Bush, Karlos Dansby and Jake Long talked to Philbin, and although all three players were even-tempered and respectful, they indicated that they think the coaching staff and front office could do a better job of communicating with players who may be in danger of losing their jobs.

Moore, Sharper Host 2nd Annual Home Runs For Kids Celebrity Softball Game
Event takes place this Sunday at Zephyrs Stadium

Michael Lewis to Appear at Saints Hall of Fame
Saints Team Ambassador Michael Lewis will be at the Saints Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Houston Texans

Daily Special, August 21, 2012 - Who Dat Social Club
And as for Ramon Humber and his suspension, that’s just a little parsley garnish on the heaping platter of shrimp and s*** served up by Roger Goodell to Saints fans this summer. It wouldn’t have been noticed except for the injuries to Lofton and Hawthorne. Of course, if it hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have traded for Barrett Ruud, either, so Roger can giggle and slap his knee over that move. Good one, Rog. Your day is coming.

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VIDEO:

Joe Vitt's Interview 8/21/12



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