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Fleur-de-Links: October 26, 2011


Jeff Duncan
Brees said he spends "95 pct of my time" talking to OC Pete Carmichael during games. Said plan is for Carmichael to continue to call plays.

Saints Sideline
Times-Picayune: New Orleans Saints OT Zack Strief returns to practice

Jeff Duncan
Payton said today for Ivory "was like the first day of training camp." Said it will take awhile for him to get in football shape.
Johnny Patrick
We had a great productive day... Headed to st Louis this weekend....

Courtney Roby
Read disturbing news within my hometown of dead beat parents being a parent myself, how could u not want the best for ur child?!

Courtney Roby
I kno that was random & all situations are different but that child is an extension of yourself as a Blessing from the man above..

Jeff Duncan
Brees on his skill-position group: "They've helped us win a lot of football games & I think they're all special players."

Jeff Duncan
Brees on unselfishness of his perimeter players: "Each guy in this system knows they really never know when 2day is going to be their day."

Jeff Duncan
Brees on Indy: "There's always room for improvement, but u look @ overall body of work & we were operating about as efficiently as u could."

Jeff Duncan
Payton on his msg to team before last week: "You can't be back & forth. You have to have some consistency in your play."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the Saints have "a good solid group of RBs & depth. If Mark's healthy enough, and we feel like he's ready to go, he'll play."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said Ivory is healthy enough to play and would probably be added to the active roster on Sunday if Ingram can't go.

New Orleans Saints
Payton announced that RB Chris Ivory has returned to practice, which begins his 21-day window for team to decide on when to activate him.

Jeff Duncan
Payton on Ingram: "With him it's day to day becuase with him you're just dealing with soreness & the bruise. "

Jeff Duncan
WR Andy Tanner was re-signed to the prax squad. DT Swanson Miller was released.

Jeff Duncan
injury report: LB Jon Casillas (knee), LB Jon Vilma (knee); DT Sed Ellis (ankle), RB Mark Ingram (foot), did not practice

NOLA Saints Nation
Saints players can pay me $1 to boost their GPA in player grades on my site by .33 ppg. A full letter grade gets them discount at $2.50! :)

Mark Ingram
God is the head of my life, everything else will fall into place if you walk by and not by !

Darren Sharper
Just letting everybody know, I got a backup, for a backup... for a backup!! Take it how ya want.

New Orleans Saints
NyQuil ad featuring & his son Baylen:

Drew Brees
Check out the new Vicks VapoRub commercial with me and my son Baylen. We had so much fun doing this:

Jonathan Vilma
Don't waste the day.


Saints need 41 points to set record - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints scored 62 points (tied for the most since the NFL-AFL merger) against the Indianapolis Colts. With the Saints playing the winless St. Louis Rams on Sunday, there’s a very logical question on the horizon.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Media Q&A (Oct. 26, 2011)

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees meets with media (Oct. 26, 2011)

St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson Conference Call WIth New Orleans Media

St. Louis Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo Conference Call With New Orleans Media

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford uncertain for Sunday vs. Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
St. Louis Rams Coach Steve Spagnuola insisted quarterback Sam Bradford's status is day-to-day and declined Wednesday to make any predictions on whether the second-year signal caller will play against the Saints on Sunday. It is expected that A.J. Feeley, an 11-year journeyman out of Oregon, would start if Bradford cannot play.

New Orleans Saints OT Zack Strief returns to practice - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief returned to practice Wednesday, albeit in a limited role, Coach Sean Payton said. Strief hurt his knee against the Texans in week 3. Payton joked that he feels like he and Strief are neighbors now, given the pair encounter each other daily in the training room where Payton gets treatment on the leg...

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory upgraded to active/PUP - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Still no indication of when he might be put on the roster

New Orleans Saints' scouting report on the St. Louis Rams reveals much - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Game is Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome

New Orleans Saints sign tight end Tory Humphrey, release quarterback Sean Canfield - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Humphrey adds depth to banged-up position



Brees, Briggs, Crosby named NFC players of the week | ProFootballTalk
It was the fourth time Brees has had five touchdowns and no interceptions in a game — only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have done that as many times.

Brees wins Offensive Player of the Week - NFC South Blog - ESPN
It took one of the most flawless performances you’ll ever see to end the NFC South’s streak of being shut out for NFC Player of the Week a

Payton’s message to Saints struck a chord heading into Colts game | New Orleans
Saints coach Sean Payton in the past has been known to turn to gimmicks to get his players’ attention, from planting china dolls in the lockers of those who are injured to impersonating a rival coach.

Saints QB Brees audibles pregame meal, makes the look he wants, if not the taste | New Orleans
For years, we’ve seen Saints quarterback Drew Brees call audibles at the line of scrimmage, shifting a bad play into one that succeeds. Turns out, his audibles don’t stop on the field. They’ve moved into his everyday life.

Payton’s location isn’t much of an issue - New Orleans Saints -
"When I’m healthy, I’ll go back down to the field," Payton said Monday, shortly after leaning his crutches against a wall and gingerly taking a seat behind a microphone at Saints headquarters.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Horrible Football Edition
The Packers, Saints and Patriots are the only truly good teams in the league.

Drew Brees says the blowout win against Indianapolis was different from any game he has played - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
He was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Week



Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
3. Drew Brees

Rosenhaus says no teams have called about T.O. | ProFootballTalk
A day after Terrell Owens worked out in front of TV cameras but not any NFL scouts, agent Drew Rosenhaus said the workout did not yield any calls from NFL teams. "No, I haven't and I don't think teams are just going to bang down our door," Rosenhaus said this morning on ESPN Radio.

Source: NFLPA wants to be forced to submit to HGH testing | ProFootballTalk
With members of Congress wanting public hearings on the inability of the NFL and NFLPA to finalize their agreement to conduct HGH testing and with the NFLPA welcoming hearings on the issue, there has been speculation in league circles that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith hopes to delay test...

Ingram, Moore snubbed Pro Bowl nominations | New Orleans
Lance Moore, Mark Ingram and Will Smith were all left off the NFC Pro Bowl ballot.

Brees on family, football and what makes NOLA great | New Orleans
For Drew Brees a devastating storm and a near career-ending injury are all chalked up to an alignment of the stars.

New Orleans Saints and LSU's football team are on a roll, but Tulane's football team isn't - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Things look pretty bleak for the Green Wave

Time to vote for Pro Bowl - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Darren Sproles isn’t on there as a running back (he is on there as a kick returner). Neither is Mark Ingram, but Pierre Thomas is on the ballot.

Falcons looking for fullback help - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons will place fullback Ovie Mughelli on injured reserve, according to Chris Vivlamore.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Although the Saints appeared flawless in Sunday night’s win against the Colts, safety Roman Harper said there are things that can improve. He’s right. No team should ever be content, but the Saints are in a good spot right now and the upcoming game at St. Louis is a perfect opportunity to tune up any rough edges before the schedule turns more difficult.

NFC South TEs are dominant targets - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham has been targeted a league-high 66 times, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He has 45 catches for 674 yards and five touchdowns.