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Fleur-de-Links August 31, 2010: New Orleans Saints Cut QB Sean Canfield and WR Andy Tanner

The late-breaking story today is that Pay-Loo announced the release of Sean Canfield and Andy Tanner to get the Saints roster down to 75 this afternoon.

As Dave reported earlier, this wasn't too surprising, and now we wait until Saturday's cut down to 53 to see what the final roster will look like.  

But that shouldn't stop us from speculating about the possible futures of Darren Sharper and Clint Ingram, who have yet to suit up or even practice this preseason, or about the fates of other folks on the IR, or those near the bottom of the depth chart.  

Other news items in this Flower-of-Links (after the JUMP) include: Vilma and other injury updates, three versions of the two player cuts from today, more on the return of Kendrick Clancy, a short Handwerger piece on Marques Colston, TSN's Saints preview, a Jeff Duncan mailbag, a column on a Saints theatrical play, a piece on Louisiana-linked NFL players and coaches, and new video of Saints Coach Sean Payton visiting a school in which he speaks on the importance of exercise and the chewing of Juicy Fruit gum.

Vilma and Injury Updates

New Orleans Saints are confident that Jon Vilma will return for Minnesota |
The groin injury won't require surgery, but I'm thinking it'll take a little longer than a week to heal. Article includes team injury update, too.

New Orleans Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma will not need hernia surgery |
The New Orleans Saints received good news Monday when it was determined that a groin injury suffered by two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will not require sports hernia surgery. Allee-Walsh's report also includes other notes from the Saints on Monday.

Kristian: Vilma Sees Specialist After Injury - WWL - AM870
Plus, Monday practice notes and other injury/player updates.

No surgery for New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma |
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma wrapped up a consultation about his groin injury with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia and headed back home Monday night, according to Coach Sean Payton.


Tuesday's Cuts

Saints cut Canfield, Tanner to get to NFL-mandated 75 players | | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints have cut seventh-round draft pick Sean Canfield and undrafted free agent Andy Tanner to get to the NFL’s mandated 75 roster spots.

New Orleans Saints release QB Canfield, WR Tanner |
The New Orleans Saints trimmed their training camp roster from 77 to the NFL-mandated maximum of 75 on Tuesday by releasing rookie quarterback Sean Canfield and wide receiver Andy Tanner.

New Orleans Saints waive QB Sean Canfield and WR Andy Tanner |
Saints get to 75-man roster limit. Varney!


Future Cuts?

Saints Have Decisions On Sharper, Ingram Coming Up - WWL - AM870
This AP report has made the rounds today. Now it's here.


Kendrick Clancy-Grams

Kendrick Clancy is ready to stop the run for the New Orleans Saints |

He has missed a year of football, but he's hungry to eat up some opposing linemen and ballcarriers for the Saints D this year.

Kendrick Clancy back with New Orleans Saints - for now |

Wide-bodied defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy, who has been a proficient run-stuffer for 10 NFL seasons, is back in a New Orleans Saints uniform. The question is for how long?



Saints To Close Out Preseason At Titans |
Justin Macione

Mickey Loomis hedges his bet on the New Orleans Saints repeating |
News and notes from the Saints as well as the information shared by Loomis at the Touchdown Club luncheon.

Saints WR Colston trying to maintain consistency | | WWL Sports
Quiet, Consistent Storm wants to keep improving.

Two-a-days: 2010 New Orleans Saints Season Preview | sporting news
Has the Super Bowl celebration party stopped yet in New Orleans? Every time Drew Brees was seen in the off-season he was on top of a parade float or passing out copies of this year's Madden game, which he graces the cover of. Aside from the Madden curse, the Saints may need to worry about the Super Bowl hangover .

Ranking the NFC South defensive tackles - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Pat Y. puts 3 Bucs in the top 12 DTs. We better not even try to run the ball against them - 6 wides the whole game.

New Orleans Saints Mailbag: Will Jon Vilma be ready for the Vikings? |
Here's today's installment of the New Orleans Saints Mailbag, with questions about the team's injury list, pass rush, kickoffs as well as the roster status of rookie defensive tackle Al Woods of LSU.

A Super Bowl victory gave a local Saints fan the perfect ending he needed for a play that salutes the Who Dats |
'Ain't Dat Super!' is a combination tailgate party and theatrical comedy.

Drew Brees will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week |

Sports Illustrated's NFL Preview issue comes out Wednesday and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is featured on one of the five regional covers. (Tac Hammer nailed it by reporting this first today.)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will field questions from New Orleans Saints fans next Wednesday |
Forum with pre-selected fans will air on NFL Network. I wonder if this will be live or pre-recorded?

Sean Payton & Drew Brees To Lead Pep Rally at Champions Square |
Official Release.

NFL will have a charity auction to benefit New Orleans Saints Gulf Coast Renewal |
Several items signed by Drew Brees will be available.

NFL notes with Louisiana flavor |
Rene Nadeau lets you know all the news on Louisiana-linked NFL players/coaches.


V-Roll Roll Call

Sean Payton Visits Williams School


Saints defensive ends talk about aggressive play, Vikings


Saints coach Sean Payton on Jon Vilma's injury