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Saints Training Camp Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, August 6

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Saints training camp is in full swing now that the free agents have actually come onto the practice field, and Jon did a great job to bring us the tweets, transcripts and stories right after Friday Night's Twilight practice. 

Since we have another evening practice today, I thought I'd bring you some of the early-morning and overnight postings that came across my laptop as I relax on my Saturday...

Make the jump to enjoy them!

...and don't worry, Saints fans - I'll be back after tonight's practice with your tweets and transcripts and immediate reports.

Big O Comes to the Big Easy

New Orleans Saints new center Olin Kreutz blocks out distractions |
Jeff Duncan - Veteran takes no-nonsense approach.

Kreutz gives Saints experience, depth on o-line | New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger - It didn't take long for the Saints to replace Jonathan Goodwin with a veteran center.

Ex-Bears center Olin Kreutz chooses less money, chance for title with Saints |
Veterans have flocked to the Crescent City in search of a Super Bowl ring in 2011. Another one arrives Friday.


Camp News/Practice Reports

Sproles Showcases Flare for Highlight Plays at First Saints Practice
Alex Restrepo - RB practiced with the Saints for the first time Friday night at the team's indoor facility.

Kreutz is new Saints center of attention at rain-affected practice |
Emmanuel "Stumpy" Pepis (film reference?) - Friday's post-practice report.

Saints Practice Report: Saints getting serious about special teams | New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger - Seven practices in and we're beginning to see themes develop for the Saints. One is a focus on special teams. Another is the Saints penchant for sports hernias.

For newly minted New Orleans Saints center Olin Kreutz, money isn't everything |
John Reid - Former Chicago Bear turns down more lucrative offers from other teams for a one-year contract with New Orleans. (Includes post-practice notes.)

Kristian's Quick Hits: Another Piece To The Puzzle - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Kristian Garic's Friday Night Bits (wait, that doesn't rhyme - how about 'Bites'? But that doesn't really make sense - you choose, readers).

Position battles worth watching at New Orleans Saints camp |
James Varney - Running back is one group to look at.


Ivory Goes Under the Knife

Saints RB Ivory has sports hernia surgery, out 3 weeks | New Orleans
Bradley HandwergerSaints running Chris Ivory had a sports hernia procedure in Philadelphia on Friday, continuing a setback for him that began in January when he went on injured reserve with a Lisfranc foot injury.



New Orleans' Marshall Faulk giving city maybe its best reason to smile |
John DeShazier - He's the first native New Orleanian to be inducted.

Faulk prepares to thank those who helped him reach Hall of Fame |
Nakia Hogan - He says getting to the Hall of Fame isn't all about him.

Marshall Faulk: From Nola Projects To Hall Of Fame - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Associated Press

Pro Football Hall of Fame Top Ten running backs graphic |
Dan Swenson - Faulk is ranked third in both total yards and touchdowns.


Labor Pains (I hope it's the last time I have to type that)

Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith sign off on 10 years of labor peace |
Nakia Hogan - Anticlimatic act finally ends the NFL labor situation.