Fleur-de-Links: September 6, 2012

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TWEETS:

Today’s injury report: Did Not Practice: Arrington(knee)/Jones(knee) Limited: Colston(foot)/Greer(groin) Full: Hawthorne(knee)/Lofton(ankle)

": I still get such a kick out of the NFL guys saying their colleges but the guys from "The U"take the cake!

hey@Saints fans are y'all ready for this Sunday???

What makes thumbs angry enough that they go to War? 1234 I declare a

Great practice today

Great hat! RT Check out showing some love for the !

Drew Brees: "We Take A Lot of Pride in The Way We Play at Home"

council approves shifting first big Mardi Gras parade weekend to Jan. 25 to make room for 2013 Super Bowl

Cool scene moments ago … Fan dressed in Sproles jersey passes our curator carrying the real Sproles jersey.

The Redskins returned some of their allotment of tickets for Sunday’s game! They're available here:

The Saints have converted an NFL-best 48.3% of their 3rd down attempts since ’06.

Good morning... Have a good day

Headed to the facilities... Time to get better, another opportunity to advance and hone the skills to be displayed on Sunday

Former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell passed away this morning at age 87. RIP.

No matter what kind of day you had today, just be thankful you're not Skip Bayless.

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WEEK 1 vs. REDSKINS:

Aaron Kromer: "You Can't Underestimate How Loud It Is In The Dome"
Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer met with the media following practice on Thursday

New Orleans Saints injury report: Adrian Arrington sits out, while Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
After practicing for two days this week, New Orleans Saints receiver Adrian Arrington, who continues to work his back following meniscus surgery on his right knee, wasn't able to take the field Thursday.

Saints hold Adrian Arrington, Marcel Jones out of practice; Curtis Lofton is full | wwltv.com New Orleans
Receiver Adrian Arrington and offensive lineman Marcel Jones both sat out of practice Thursday for the New Orleans Saints.

Daily Saints briefing | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
Injuries: Receiver Adrian Arrington (knee), tackle Marcel Jones (knee) did not practice. Receiver Marcus Colston (foot) and cornerback Jabari Greer (groin) were limited. Linebackers David Hawthorne (knee) Curtis Lofton (ankle) returned to full practice.

New Orleans Saints DE Cam Jordan loving his role as an every-down player - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"Last year, he played really well against the run," Jenkins said. "This year, he's added a pass rush to his game. He's becoming well rounded, and I think he's going to play a huge role in what we do defensively. ... (Jordan's improvement) will free us up on the back end to get some pressure with the front four."

New Orleans Saints undrafted rookie Travaris Cadet didn't know what to expect on cut day - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"I didn't know what expect," Cadet said. "Nobody had really given any information to me. When we had that meeting (on Friday), nobody came up to me and said anything. So I didn't know what to expect. I thought they were supposed to come up and say you (made the team or didn't) or you need to work on this or that.

New Orleans Saints DE Turk McBride is comfortable filling in for the suspended Will Smith - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
"This is a tremendous opportunity," McBride said. "This is something I have prepared for. It's a great opportunity to get to start. The way we do business here is when one guy goes down, another steps up."

Redskins will go with the hot hand at running back | ProFootballTalk
Now we know why Evan Royster doesn't believe his eyes when they see that the depth chart has his name at the top of it. Even with Tim Hightower gone, the Redskins have three running backs who can get the job done. (Which explains why Hightower is gone.

Saints allow Sproles to display his many talents | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Darren Sproles entered his first season with the Saints expecting to make his impact on third downs. Then the speedy and shifty running back -- whose helmet barely reaches the arm pits of his offensive linemen -- starting running.

These Redskins fans have really fallen for Robert Griffin III - Will the love continue after a rough Sunday at the Superdome? | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
This could be the shortest honeymoon...

Saints interim Aaron Kromer sees dream come true with five running backs | wwltv.com New Orleans
Keeping five running backs on a roster for a team that’s better known for the passing game – that’s just crazy, right? The New Orleans Saints did that, answering Aaron Kromer's dreams.

Saints QB Chase Daniel having ‘fun’ mimicking Robert Griffin III in practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
For many teams, preparing for an athletic duel-threat quarterback could be tough. Few NFL teams have guys on the roster good enough to mimic those players.

Saints QB Drew Brees not surprised at early success for rookie quarterbacks in NFL | wwltv.com New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints are set to face one of five rookie quarterbacks starting their first-ever games Sunday when the Washington Redskins come to town.

Saints vs. Redskins - Numbers, numbers | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
A few numbers to chew on as we count down to the Saints vs. Redskins game this weekend:

Saints and Spagnuolo prepare for RG3's NFL debut | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Robert Griffin III is three days away from embarking on one of several career paths.

Drew Brees: "We Take A Lot of Pride in The Way We Play at Home"
The Saints QB previews the Redskins game, talks about the Saints RBs and the relationship the team has with its fans

Drew Brees Ready to Utilize Offensive Weapons Against the Redskins
Saints QB says the team has high expectations for 2012

Saints Nation: Scouting the Redskins | September

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BOUNTYFARCE:

NFL, NFLPA respond to orders issued by Judge Helen Berrigan in bounty suspension case - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com
NFLPA says there's no conflict of interest; NFL opposes NFLPA's motion for temporary restraining order

Will Smith: No conflict of interest with NFLPA | ProFootballTalk
Saints defensive end Will Smith, suspended four games by the league, released a statement on Thursday in response to Berrigan’s ruling. Smith argues that there’s no conflict of interest and that the NFL has been at fault for the lack of settlement conversations.

METAIRIE: Kromer: Smith, Vilma could play if bounty scandal suspension temporarily lifted | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
On Wednesday, interim coach Aaron Kromer left open the possibility of immediately utilizing defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma if they are successful in gaining a temporary restraining order for their alleged role in the Saints bounty scandal.

Judge gives up on players, NFL bounty settlement | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has all but ruled out any prospects for a settlement in the case of four NFL players challenging their bounty suspensions.

Judge Berrigan believes NFLPA lawyer may have conflict of interest in bounty case | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL awaits a ruling from Judge Helen G. Berrigan on the question of whether the bounty-related suspensions of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free-agent defensive Anthony Hargrove will be upheld or overturned or lifted pen...

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LAGNIAPPE:

Saints new safety Rafael Bush happy to take No. 25, save fans money | wwltv.com New Orleans
Rafael Bush wanted the No. 36 when he was signed by the New Orleans Saints this past weekend. Fans in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area wanted him to take the No. 25.

Report: NFL players more likely to suffer from neurodegenerative diseases | Black and Gold blog | The Sun Herald
More bad news for your favorite sport.

Obviously, the Cowboys Are Super Bowl Bound

Saints and Hornets Announce Raffles To Benefit Gulf South Citizens Affected By Hurricane Isaac
Packages include 20 Suite Tickets for the Saints game against the Chiefs with pregame field access among other packages

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VIDEO:

Aaron Kromer's Interview 9/6/12


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