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Fleur-de-Links: November 16, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Darren Sproles listed as questionable for Raiders game. Saints to use all four RBs if Sproles plays.

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Update on bounty appeals update with reaction from Vilma

TGIF! Another great week of practice in the bank. Looking forward to this next challenge. Hope everybody's enjoying life.

": I am driving from Los Angeles 2 see my team in Oakland. We"ll be there in the rain yellin Who Dat!" Gotta love

Jimmy Graham chatting with the media

If something brings you happiness then why look to change circumstances... Why break the happiness

Report: NFL retirement board paid $2 million in disability for concussions

OC Pete Carmichael said the plan would be to use all 4 RBs if Sproles is healthy enough because they're all playing well ...

Vitt said if Sproles plays Sunday, he would be available to return kicks

Vitt said Sproles (Hand) is Questionable for Sunday

Vitt said Galette (Ankle), Strief (Groin), White (Knee) are all OUT for Sunday

Schools that participate in our Holiday Mail for Heroes Program could win a player appearance at their school! Details:

Saints & Team Up for Holiday Mail for Heroes Program:


A lot of newspaper guys today are being as dismissive of "stat geeks" as they once were of bloggers. How'd that work out for ya?

Prisco says Duncan is a good guy. That's cool. Hey, everybody loves a good handy.

Tagliabue bounty hearings tentatively Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Exhaustive witnesses, cross examination, courtroom feel:

Dear God, please make it stop. RT : A spot-on analysis of my analysis from

So PFT writes a post centered around Triplette, compares him to Peter King, and Jeff Duncan is completely ignored. I LOVE YOU INTERNET

RB Darren Sproles healthy enough to play if Saints decide to use him vs. Raiders and other three backs also likely to be active

When reporters approached Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall after practice regarding his $30,000 fine, Hall said only "back up off me, bro."

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gotta stay hungry

The fact that 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh made an appearance at practice Thursday means you can count on him being at and running practice Friday.



Saints RB Sproles listed as questionable after hand swells | New Orleans
Running back Darren Sproles’ return hit a speed bump Friday after his hand experienced a little bit of swelling after practicing this week, acting head coach Joe Vitt said.

New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles listed as questionable - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"We are trying to get the swelling out," Sproles said, adding he hopes to play. "That's the main thing. But it is going to swell because it is trying to heal."

Saints wary of Raiders’ fifth-ranked passing attack | New Orleans
New Orleans’ much-maligned defense has certainly made strides this season, figuring out ways to stop teams inside the 20 when it absolutely needed a stop.

Saints look to continue surge at Raiders
The Oakland Raiders may not mind hosting the New Orleans Saints, but it's a safe bet they'd have rather gotten the premiere version than the sequel.

Marcel Reece to continue fill-in duty in Raiders’ backfield | ProFootballTalk
Fullback Marcel Reece is expected to get a second straight start at running back for the Oakland Raiders this week if Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are unable to play. McFadden and Goodson have yet to practice this week as each is dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

Marques Colston’s next touchdown will break Saints’ all-time record | ProFootballTalk
When Marques Colston arrived in New Orleans as a seventh-round draft pick out of Hofstra in 2005, he was fighting just to make the roster. If you had told Deuce McAllister, the team's biggest star at the time, that Colston would some day break his franchise touchdown record, he would have said you w...

Saints’ Vitt warns team about deflated Raiders | Black and Gold
"History tells us when a team is beaten and 55 points go on the board, they come home and play the next week," Vitt said. "They end up (averaging) four sacks, forcing three turnovers and allowing 20 points.

Damage Control Week 11: New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Raiders have lots of injury issues

Oakland Raiders' Dennis Allen developed as coach with New Orleans Saints - Inside Bay Area
Dennis Allen said he grew up as a coach while on Sean Paytons staff with the New Orleans Saints from 2006-2010

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen's roots trace back to the New Orleans Saints - Inside Bay Area
Allen worked with Saints coach Sean Payton and won a Super Bowl after the 2009 season as a defensive assistant.

New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory is a happy camper now that he's playing - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Ivory has rushed for 120 yards and two TDs in the last two games

Mickles: Raiders’ Allen had fast rise to head coach | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
In his first two seasons as a defensive assistant with the New Orleans Saints, there were no indications — not outwardly, anyway — that Den…

Raiders look to slow down New Orleans TE Graham | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have plenty of experience dealing with elite tight ends playing in the same division as Antonio Gates and having faced Tony Gonzalez so many times over the years.

Brees expects fierce pass rush at Oakland | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees knows what awaits him Sunday afternoon at Oakland's Coliseum.



Players wouldn't be available for possible Nov. 30 start-up date for New Orleans Saints bounty appeals - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Legal teams for NFL, players will meet next Tuesday to discuss numerous issues moving forward

Report: NFL retirement board paid $2 million to ex-players while league denied concussion risks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
According to documents obtained in a joint investigation by PBS' "FRONTLINE" program and ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the National Football League's retirement board awarded at least $2 million in disability payments to at least three former players after reaching the conclusion that football was the cause of their brain injuries.

Report: NFL retirement board paid disability for concussions | ProFootballTalk
The West Virginia lawyer who represented Webster called the decision "the proverbial smoking gun," which could be used against the league by the nearly 4,000 players who have filed concussion lawsuits.

Ronnie Lott still conflicted about New Orleans Saints bounty scandal - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"What was articulated about bounties and what happened, I didn't see any of it. And when I looked at the games I always thought they played with a certain passion and a certain will to be champions. So that's the things I witnessed and the things I enjoyed about that team," Lott said. "So to be characterized as they were, I think a lot of people had probably the wrong impression of the guys that played the game. And I think they had the wrong impression of how they went about it.

Fight emerges in Super Bowl lawsuit over testimony from Goodell | ProFootballTalk
Lost and largely forgotten in the league's various legal entanglements is the fact that a class-action lawsuit still lingers regarding the seating fiasco at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.

Ten takeaways from Goodell’s Harvard speech | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell delivered a speech at the Harvard School of Public Health regarding the league's role in making the game of football safer. If you're inclined to read the full text, you can. Or you can review the shorthand version.

Clock keeps ticking on Sean Payton, Saints | ProFootballTalk
The Saints now have 12 weeks and two days to nail down a new contract with Saints coach Sean Payton before he potentially becomes a free agent. (How 'bout them Cowboys?) Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has provided an update on the situation that could end up being misconstrued...

Sean Payton conundrum: Root for the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys? First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
Weekly observations from New Orleans Saints columnist Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints shouldn't get in a bidding war for Sean Payton - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
SATCH NOTE: Another poorly-reasoned Jeff Duncan rant motivated by his obvious hate for Sean Payton.



" Duncan Blows Darlington: the Rage of Fake Jeff The Angry Who Dat

Saints' Morstead proving nickname ‘The Leg’ well-earned | New Orleans
The last time Thomas Morstead had his hair cut, the Saints were months removed from winning the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl.

Saints’ punter Thomas Morstead prefers kicking off | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — When Thomas Morstead takes the field, usually something very bad — or very good — has just happened to the Saints. The very bad:…

Deuce McAllister happy to pass the New Orleans Saints touchdown torch to Marques Colston: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
McAllister also weighs in on how the Saints should use their crowded backfield