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Fleur-de-Links: November 9, 2011


Mike Triplett
by DougTatum
New Orleans Saints injury report grows from last week:

Adam Schefter
Filed to ESPN: Albert Haynesworth claimed by Tampa.

Jeff Duncan
Brees on comparisons b/w Jimmy Graham & Tony Gonzalez: "I think Jimmy from a physical standpoint & mental makeup, has all the tools."
New Orleans Saints
. on how he comes up with his TD celebrations "Sometimes I look on YouTube. I try to be as fresh & creative as possible."

Greg Romeus
If your blessed to get a 2nd chance.. Don't waste it

Jeff Duncan
Brees on the Falcons defense: "When you flip on the film you just see how disciplined they are. .. You're not going to get any freebies."

Jeff Duncan
Tulane looking at Saints assistants. RT : believe those coaches to be Curtis Johnson and Terry Malone.

New Orleans Saints
Brees- "From a fan's perspective, when you walk around town fans will say "If you do one thing this season - beat Atlanta."

Courtney Roby
The dark cloud surrounding Penn State Univ. is truly a father, to hear of the speculations makes me sick to my stomach.

Jeff Duncan
Brees: "This is a divisional game. These guys play exceptionally well at home. ... It's always been an extremely tough contest."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said he's optimistic about Tracy Porter possibly returning to practice on Thursday. Wasn't as optimistic about Patrick Robinson.

New Orleans Saints
Coach Payton said Tulane has requested to interview some of his staff for their HC position. Didn't name which coaches

Jeff Duncan
Reading between the lines, the timing of the Tulane interview process is a problem for the Saints, who are in the middle of their season.

New Orleans Saints
Coach Payton said he hopes to be able to talk to the team at halftime of the Falcons game & hopefully it's last time he coaches from box

Jeff Duncan
Payton said Tracy Porter has undergone several tests and been cleared medically. It's now down to his "soreness" in his chest and back.

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the Saints have lost every coin toss this season. "That's hard to do."

Jeff Duncan
Payton on ATL WR Julio Jones: "He's explosive. He's got size. He's got strong hands in traffic... There's a lot of things he does well @ WR"

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the Falcons "have found their balance. ... They're playing as good a football defensively as we've seen."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said Johnny Patrick "is doing well.... He's a quick study. .... There were some real positive flashes with him early in camp."

Jeff Duncan
Payton said the club could possibly keep 4 RBs active on game day.

Jeff Duncan
Payton said Patrick Robinson's stomach ailment is non-football related. Said he's had exams done.

Jeff Duncan
Some good news for the : RB Mark Ingram (heel) returned to practice today.

Jason La Canfora
You can add the Eagles to teams who did not place a waiver claim on Albert Haynesworth. Could very well clear waivers at 4pm ET

Adam Schefter
NFL fined Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis $20,000 for his hit Sunday night on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

deuce mcallister
Language. Language. Language people. Give yourself a chance you never know who's watching even Twitter

Darren Sharper
": ": Sharper's Image episode 1 (3 of 4)… ft Darren Sharper"

Jeff Duncan
Worked from a coffee house in the French Quarter this morning. Very few places on Earth are more beautiful on a quiet rainy morning.

New Orleans Saints
Brees leads the NFL in 3rd-down QB rtg at 126.8. Stats: 63-85 (74.1), 844 yds, 8 TDs, 2 INTs. 2nd is Rodgers at 114.5

New Orleans Saints
Sproles leads the NFL in 3rd down receptions with 18 for 182 yds (10.1 avg) and 1 TD.

Adam Schefter
AP reporting Joe Paterno will retire at end of season.

Mark Ingram
": offered somebody some gum whose breath smelled like ASS and they had nerve to say "no thank you"!!!"ROTFLMAO



Saints banged up on defense - NFC South Blog - ESPN
As they prepare for Sunday’s game with Atlanta, the New Orleans Saints appear to have some injury issues on defense. Three key players sat out

New Orleans Saints injury report grows from last week - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Tailback Mark Ingram returns on limited basis, but five others are out

New Orleans Saints defensive end Greg Romeus will make practice debut Wednesday - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
The rookie seventh-round draft pick has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list dating back to the summer because of a major knee injury he suffered in college.

Saints Snapshot | Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons and Saints have put together some matchups to remember in their long, storied history of rivalry. It's fair to expect another come Sunday.

Strength on strength for Saints, Falcons - NFC South Blog - ESPN
We’ll see strength on strength in many areas, but the best matchup of all might be the left side of the Saints’ offensive line against the right side of Atlanta’s defensive line.

Atlanta Falcons players fired up to face New Orleans Saints - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Tailback Michael Turner says it's "one of the most overlooked rivalries in football right now"



Matt Moore (yes, Matt Moore) wins AFC offensive player of the week | ProFootballTalk
The best offensive player in the AFC is Matt Moore. At least for this week. At the start of the season I would have thought Moore, the Dolphins' backup quarterback, had about as good a chance of winning a Player of the Week award as I did.

Saints P Morstead having Pro Bowl season | New Orleans
It’s hard to call a player who has as fervent a Twitter following as Thomas Morstead does undervalued. But he’s so rarely used it’s easy to forget about him.

Out of Bounds by Jabari Greer "Azalea's or Apple Blossoms" - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
New Orleans Saints cornerback's weekly column, exclusive to The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith will co-sponsor celebrity waiter event - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Event will be held November 15 at Marriott New Orleans

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shows Lusher students the glories of suspension training - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
He shows off part of his workout routine, and challenges students to step up

NFL at midseason: John Clayton's Super Bowl picks, award winners, elite quarterback review - ESPN
Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers could destroy Dan Marino's record of 5,084 yards passing.

Jackson to Hold Autograph Signing at Team Shop on Saturday, Nov. 19
Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Saints LB Rickey Jackson will hold a autograph signing this Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Orleans Saints Team Shop.

Saints' O-line wins Madden award - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints’ offensive line, coming off its best game of the season, has been selected as the weekly winner of the Madden Protectors Award.

Pat Yasinskas' QB Watch - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Every week, it seems we hear about how passing numbers around the NFL are at an all-time high.

Midseason report: NFC South MVPs - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees

Which Quarterbacks Are Going To The Pro Bowl? " NFL Gridiron Gab
Also, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees should be considered a contender for representing the NFC early next year. After throwing two touchdowns in Week 9, Brees continued to set the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The record was extended to 36. Drew Brees threw 5 touchdown passes in the Saints colossal 62-7 victory, which is the highest winning margin so far this season. Drew Brees is also the only other QB in the NFC with a passer rating which exceeds 100.

Need a slow-cooker recipe for New Orleans Saints parties? Try Coca-Cola Pulled Pork |
Judy Walker demonstrates how to make the perfect dish for your Dirty Bird beat-down buffet