Saints News, 11/13/13: Kenny Vaccaro Says He Spoke Too Soon About Not Playing Against 49ers

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He's walking back his Monday Instagram statement saying he had been ruled out for Sunday. Mike Triplett tweeted that Vaccaro mistakenly thought the Saints had ruled him out. Just a guess, but I wonder if Coach Payton instructed him to say this today during practice after what was probably a considerable ass-chewing. In injury report news, four Saints did not practice today - Curtis Lofton, Kenny Vaccaro, Ben Watson, and Akiem Hicks. Jimmy Graham and Cam Jordan were limited.



Saints Prepare for 49ers

New Orleans Saints issue first injury report of 49ers week
Four players did not practice

AUDIO: Sean Payton: 'A Lot of Film to Watch' on 49ers
The New Orleans Saints coach commented on his team's preparations for Sunday's game and also explained passing on safety Eric Reid in the 2013 NFL Draft.

AUDIO: Brees: 'All the Pieces to the Puzzle Are Here'
The New Orleans Saints signal-caller talked about how the return of his play-calling coach has put the team's offense in a position to battle a 49ers defense that has "no weaknesses."

Saints morning report: Dome Patrol redux - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The similarities are uncanny. The San Francisco 49ers' outstanding foursome of inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and outside lineb


49ers Prepare for Saints

Vernon Davis, Eric Reid cleared for non-contact work | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers got some good news from a pair of injured players Wednesday, giving them a chance to play this week. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.

With 16 regular-season starts, Kaepernick isn’t where some thought he’d be | ProFootballTalk
Last year, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cemented his grip on the starting job with a 31-21 win over the Saints, six days after shocking the Bears as a Monday night fill-in for a concussed Alex Smith.

Kaepernick returns to Twitter for motivation | ProFootballTalk
After the 49ers lost to the Colts, quarterback Colin Kaepernick resorted to Twitter for a kick in the ass. Specifically, Kaepernick admitted that he "favorited" certain abusive messages as motivation. "It's something I do for me," Kaepernick said in the days after the 27-7 embarrassment.

Inside the 49ers | Cosell calls the 49ers’ offense "one-dimensional with almost no passing dimension." | The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
Wednesday morning on KNBR, Greg Cosell discussed the 49ers’ upcoming game against the Saints. Here is a transcript.

Inside the 49ers | Why don’t the 49ers move Kaepernick’s launch point more often? Harbaugh: "Don’t know that 10 percent is not enough." | The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
I just had a brief exchange with Jim Harbaugh at his Wednesday press conference. Here is a transcript:

49ers Blog and Q&A: Injury updates: Ray McDonald has high-ankle sprain, pessimistic about Sunday
Starting defensive end Ray McDonald suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second-quarter of Sunday's game when a Panthers offensive lineman fell into the side of his left leg. The injury typically requires multiple weeks of rehabilitation and McDonald said he probably wouldn't play Sunday against the Saints. He was wearing a walking boot on Wednesday.


Other Saints News

ESPN NFL - You complete me
BACK TO WORK after an uneventful bye week, Drew Brees sat down for a nice, quiet lunch with his linemen inside the Saints' courtyard-style cafeteria. Halfway through the meal, however, TV monitors flashed with highlights from New Orleans' Week 4 win over Miami. The 38-17 triumph over the then-undefeated Dolphins was an early-season benchmark for the Saints, who had spent the previous year mired in the Bountygate scandal. But as the clips rolled, Brees kept his gaze downward while his linemen began elbowing each other and pointing to the TV screens.

Film study: Reviewing Saints defense - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Some observations on the New Orleans Saints’ defense after reviewing the tape of the team’s 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week

Film study: Reviewing Saints' offense - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Although it took some time to review the New Orleans Saints’ whopping total of 80 offensive plays from Sunday’s 49-17 victory over the Dal

Saints find ground game against Dallas - NFL - Don Banks -
NEW ORLEANS -- Maybe it wouldn't have made a bit of difference. Maybe even if Cowboys linebacker and leading tackler Sean Lee hadn't pulled a hamstring early in the second quarter, or defensive tackle and sack leader Jason Hatcher hadn't sat out with a stinger, the results would have been exactly the same.

Drew Brees believes Johnny Manziel is a starting quarterback in the NFL - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Drew Brees believes Johnny Manziel is a starting quarterback in the NFL

Saints coach Sean Payton credits Drew Brees for last-second TD call - ESPN
Saints QB Drew Brees' last-second TD call provides insight into communication with Sean Payton

Saints use screen game as successful game-changing play | New Orleans
Darren Sproles delayed his release from the backfield, shuffled a few steps to his right and turned around.

Saints Notes: Rob Ryan's firing proves to be a blessing
As the yards and points piled up Sunday night on a national stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, I wondered if Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffiin might have stood a better chance trying to stop a runaway train.

The Last Days of Garrett Hartley? - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Be

Week 10 Game Reaction: Cowboys vs. Saints
Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas

Saints Nation: Defensive and Special Teams Player Grades vs. Cowboys

Wounded defense still finds answers | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
An overachieving Saints defense, patched together because of injuries, is preparing to play San Francisco on Sunday with another lineup Ban…

Drew Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Cowboys performance
Drew Brees has won the weekly award twice in 2013 and a club-record 16 times in his career

New Orleans Saints Fact of the Day
Saints had time-consuming scoring drive against Cowboys

Jonathan Vilma wants to help New Orleans Saints any way he can while on injured reserve
New Orleans Saints linebacker says he will put a plan together with coaches on how he can help the team while sidelined


Around the NFL

Todd Christensen, All-Pro tight end, dies at 57 | ProFootballTalk
Todd Christensen, a tight end who twice led the NFL in receptions, has died at the age of 57. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Christensen, who had battled liver disease and other illnesses, died this morning in a Utah hospital.

Jerry Rice: Calvin Johnson has a long way to go to catch me | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Rice thinks Calvin Johnson is a great player. But a long way from the greatest. Rice told USA Today that he has heard speculation that Megatron might some day surpass Rice as the NFL's all-time leading receiver, but Rice would like to point out that Johnson isn't close yet.

No practice for Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
The football-following world first knew that Peyton Manning has an ankle injury when he missed practice three days after getting banged around by the Colts.

Kubiak expects to coach on Sunday, won’t commit to Keenum for rest of season | ProFootballTalk
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back at practice with the Texans and he confirmed Wednesday that the plan is for him to be back on the sideline for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Ed Reed clears waivers | ProFootballTalk
The Texans didn't want Ed Reed, and neither did any other NFL team. Reed, the veteran safety and former NFL Defensive Player of the Years, went unclaimed on waivers today, one day after the Texans released him, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. That makes him an unrestricted free agent.



VIDEO: Sean Payton: "49ers have a great defense"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Drew Brees on battling the San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 13. 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Mark Ingram highlights vs Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram ran for 145 yard in his Week 10, 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

VIDEO: Drive of the Week: Saints one-minute drill
Drew Brees and Darren Sproles take advantage of Dallas' spotty defense right before the half. Brian Baldinger shows you how it happened.

VIDEO: Eric Wright on Defending the Saints
Eric Wright discusses defending Drew Brees and the Saints offense, the recent roster changes, and more.

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