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Joique Bell
Heading into work today...&Grind

Greg Bensel
Saints to use throwbacks this weekend vs. Houston, last time worn was Dec 1 2002 vs. Tampa Bay...Saints won 23-20.

WWL-TV Sports
are 6 of 10 on third-and-short (1 or 2 yards), but only 8 of 18 on plays that need only 1 or 2 yards for a 1st down this season.

Saints RapidReports
Thomas says RB rotation going smoothly

Saints RapidReports
Payton says Cushing could have been a Saint

Saints RapidReports
Galette standing out as a pass-rusher

Garland Gillen
RT : Since 2006 when Saints hired Payton and Texans Kubiak, their QBs are the NFL's most accurate.

Jeff Duncan
RT : injury report: LB Jon Vilma (knee), CB Tracy Porter (calf), K G.Hartley & WR Marques Colston did not practice.

WWL-TV Sports
I think he plays. RT : u think Vilma doesn't play on Sunday?

WWL-TV Sports
Payton says Junior Galette gives the team edge rush speed, esp playing at home. Says the DE has worked hard to earn his snaps.

WWL-TV Sports
Sean Payton on uniform choices: " We probably don’t give it as much thought as people would think"

WWL-TV Sports
Payton says he has no thoughts on the throwback uniform because he hasn't seen them.

Mike Triplett
LB Jonathan Casillas and S Roman Harper were back in practice on a limited basis. DT Tom Johnson and S Jonathan Amaya also limited.

WWL-TV Sports
Saints let go of RB Tristan Davis on prax squad and signed RB Joique Bell

Be sure to tweet Happy Birthday to - the big fella turns 28 today!


New Orleans Saints to wear throwback uniforms Sunday, how do you like them? - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Team last wore throwbacks Dec. 1, 2002

Brees Says Offense "Hasn't Scratched the Surface" of Level They Can Play

Saints’ Smith glad to have StarCaps case, suspension behind him | New Orleans
Will Smith sat at his locker on Wednesday, surrounded by nearly the entire media corps that covers the Saints, and appeared to be as happy as he has been any time in the past few years.

Saints' Brees playing well, but not yet satisfied | New Orleans
Those who have followed the Saints for the past five seasons have grown accustomed to greatness from quarterback Drew Brees. Two games into the 2011 season, he’s playing maybe even at a higher level.

Vilma, Porter out once again for Saints | New Orleans
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma and cornerback Tracy Porter did not practice for the second day this week as the Saints prepare for the Texans at noon on Sunday.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Ahead Of Texans Game - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Saints - Texans Preview - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Smith Returns From Suspension Fresh And Confident - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Former Saints OT Jon Stinchcomb Announces Retirement from NFL IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

NFL Preview - Houston Texas (2-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-1) IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

John Fourcade to Appear at Saints Hall of Fame Prior to Texans Game IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

A sack leader is back - New Orleans Saints -
METAIRIE -- As pleased as Will Smith was to be back at practice on Wednesday, he seemed even happier that he no longer has to worry about the specter of a suspension that has weighed on him for three seasons.

Jon Stinchcomb announces his retirement | ProFootballTalk
We haven't heard anything from Jon Stinchcomb since the Saints released their longtime right tackle in August and we found out why on Thursday. Stinchcomb is retiring from the sport instead of trying to fight his way back from serious injuries to his knee and quadricep injuries.

New Orleans Saints going back to the 1960's against Houston Texans
Today the New Orleans Saints have announced they will be wearing throwback uniforms during this Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at the Superdome.

Checking NFC South salary-cap space - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Now that roster movement has slowed down, let’s take a look at where the four NFC South teams stand under the salary cap. The Tampa Bay Buccane

Fantasy Football - Footballguys News Blogger
Derrick Ward unlikely to play

Harper: NFL admits flag was wrong for hit on Cutler - NFL - Football
Saints strong safety Roman Harper says the NFL has notified the team that game officials were wrong to throw a flag for Harper's hard hit on Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler.