Fleur-de-Links: Sunday, September 2 - One Week Until Week One Edition

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Brian McCarthyNo NFL games today. Next Sunday w/out football? Feb. 10. #backtofootball

Adam SchefterSweetness: Last football-free Sunday until February.

Adam Caplan 91 vested veterans were released Friday/Saturday.

Adam CaplanPlayers waived on Saturday are eligible to be claimed off waivers at 4 p.m. ET today.

Sports Agent27 NFL players got the "released the day after making the final 53" yesterday. But some of those 27 will bump others today.

Mark Ingram 21-0 Put the sticks down Next man up!!!

Chase Daniel@Mark_Ingram28 cancel it @LanceMoore16 just cancel it!!! ❌❌

Lance Moore@ChaseDaniel @Mark_Ingram28 hahahaha

Darren SprolesWhat's going on? RT"@RandiMechelle: @DarrenSproles Big cuz!!! Hey."

Larry HolderTons of #Saints coverage as The Times-Picayune's season preview special section is in newspapers and at http://NOLA.com today.

Jedidiah CollinsDon't ever be afraid to fail! If you aren't failing at something you aren't challenging yourself enough #Live

Mike TriplettA glaring omission. But I think he gets it! RT @CedricSaid: No mention of Brees breaking the Consecutive TD streak vs SD Week 5? #Saints

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Roster Shuffle

New Orleans Saints defensive line taking shape despite looming Will Smith suspension | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Steve Spagnuolo will have some interesting decisions on how his defensive line will function personnel-wise.

Saints Claim S Rafael Bush Off Of Waivers; Waive S Jonathon Amaya | sportsnola.com
The New Orleans Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today the team has claimed S Rafael Bush off of waivers from the Denver Broncos and waived S Jonathon Amaya.

Roster Updates | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge

New injured reserve rule hasn't be (sic) used yet by New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - The New Orleans Saints didn't designate any of their players placed on injured reserve to return this season using the new rule, General Manager Mickey Loomis said Saturday.

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2012 NFL/Saints Preview

NFC South preview: New Orleans Saints are the pick | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Falcons and Panthers should challenge.

How Mike Triplett sees the 2012 New Orleans Saints season playing out | NOLA.com
He predicts a run to NFC championship game. (HansDat note: Mike's got your fantasy football right here!)

New Orleans Saints season could go either way | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - It all depends on how you look at it.

Aaron Kromer, Pete Carmichael, Steve Spagnuolo hold the keys to New Orleans Saints immediate success | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - They will be running things until Joe Vitt returns.

New Orleans Saints expect to be in their home for Super Bowl XLVII | NOLA.com
James Varney - Players, owner expect to make history this season.

Drew Brees thinks he can play better this season | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Saints quarterback had record-setting 2011 season.

Looking back at the New Orleans Saints preseason | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - As usual, the best thing that can be said about the NFL exhibition season is that it’s mercifully over for another year.

More predictions and surprises - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y says the Saints win the NFC South, and Drew Breeeees!! wins league MVP.

N.F.C. South Preview: Saints, Stained by Scandal, Have Staying Power | NYTimes.com
Judy Battista - The Saints remain the most talented team in the division, and they made the smart decision to replace the interim head coach with the offensive line coach, Aaron Kromer, and keep the coordinators with their units.

Saints Beat Writers NFL Preview Index | NOLA.com
Today the T-P/nola.com put up the 2012 NFL Preview Extravaganza. Go here for links to division by division preview capsules.

New England Patriots look like favorites to make return trip to New Orleans | NOLA.com
James Varney - Tom Brady, Coach Bill Belicihick broke through in Big Easy in 2002.

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Lagniappe

Daily Special, August 31, 2012 | Who Dat Social Club
Himself - Well, that’s it. The preseason is finally over, and the real game is about to begin. Pretty soon, we’ll get to find out if all the expense of spirit was worth it or not.

Just a reminder folks... | hakimdropstheball.com
Kevin Held

Saints CB Jabari Greer’s VooDoo Masquerade Ball Rescheduled | neworleanssaints.com

Last-ditch contract talks break down between NFL, officials | latimes.com
Sam Farmer - The first week of games will be refereed by high school and small-college officials. No new negotiations are scheduled.

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