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Fleur-de-Links: Saturday, November 3

Your daily dose of Saints news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: How will the Saints replace the production of injured running back Darren Sproles?

In Mile High, no one can hear you break your hand.
In Mile High, no one can hear you break your hand.
Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE


WWL-TV SportsThe Superdome is colored in purple and gold. I wonder what's going on with that? #Sarcasm

U. of Regina Rams@reginarams Rams win! 31-9 is the final - we're off to the Hardy Cup! - Retweeted by akiem hicks

Jimmy GrahamDenzel Washington never disappoints in a movie. Go see FLIGHT! Crazy!

Kevin SpainThank you sir. RT @SaintsTailgate: .@kevinspainTP Congratulations on your new job Kevin, but damn we'll miss you.

Lance MooreFeeling great this morning. Gonna be a wonderful day.

Courtney RobyJus wanna say good morning world!!

Lance MooreAlways up early! RT @Falgout002: @LanceMoore16 you up early?

Lance MooreThat is a great question..... RT @CamilleNoelle81: @LanceMoore16 do you think lsu is gonna beat Alabama tomorrow?

Alex RestrepoFor #LSU fans, good follow today is ESPN PR's @MsPotts_ESPN. She is on campus taking plenty of pics

Keri Potts#Tiger tailgate... They're out here early, blasting cajun country music. Love. #GameDay #LSU

JUNIOR GALETTEPeople Don't surprise me When they Cross me or go behind my back I LoL like u can't b Dat Dumb! #FEARGOD Chase your Dreams

Joseph Morgan Good morning world and all who inhabit it #spongebob

Alex RestrepoThe Superdome was lit in purple & gold last night #LSU #NOLA


From the Saints Sideline

Drew Brees climbing NFL charts | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - After breaking Johnny Unitas’ NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass last month, a streak that has now reached 50 games, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees continues to climb the league’s all-time charts in several passing categories.

Saints’ Travaris Cadet likely to assume versatile back role | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - He was the star of the Saints’ preseason.

New Orleans Saints desperate to turn around defense, season | The Advocate
Paul Newberry (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are learning how opposing defenses must’ve felt the past few years.

Saints, Eagles stumble into Monday night matchup |
With the pressure continuing to mount in Philadelphia, the Eagles may take solace in the fact their next encounter will be on the road against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans Saints: The Big Picture | The Advocate
This was supposed to be a showdown between two playoff contenders. Possibly two Super Bowl contenders.

Saints to keep RB Darren Sproles out Monday with broken hand |
Bradley Handwerger - The Saints will be without running back and return specialist Darren Sproles on Monday against Philadelphia after he had surgery to repair a broken hand.

Saints know now isn’t time for panic, dissension among the ranks |
Bradley Handwerger - For a team that has gone 41-13, including the playoffs, over the past three seasons, heading into the midway point of the season 2-5 is likely pretty jarring.

Sproles injury could clear Saints' RB jam - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - The New Orleans Saints will be without running back/return man Darren Sproles for Monday night’s game with Philadelphia.

Transcript: Joe Vitt Discusses Facing the Eagles Defense, Gives Injury Update |
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Joe Vitt met with the media on Friday to give an injury update and discuss facing the Eagles defense.

Transcript: Pete Carmichael Says Offensive Focus is on Eagles Pass Rush and Converting on Third Down |
Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael met with the media on Friday to discuss the offensive performance against the Broncos and to preview Monday's matchup against the Eagles defensive front.

New Orleans Saints Face Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football |
New Orleans is looking for its third win in four games in a primetime home contest against Philadelphia.

La Ligue, C’est Moi | Who Dat Social Club

Scouting the Eagles |
Andrew Juge

Final Word: NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 9.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Let’s take a look at the team-by-team highlights from Friday’s NFC South chat.


Eagle-Eye View

Saints' Jahri Evans proud of his Philadelphia roots |
Zach Berman - When Saints guard Jahri Evans arrived in New Orleans in 2006, teammates teased him for being an Eagles fan.

Eagles' Todd Bowles looks for improvement on defense |
Todd Bowles was naturally excited before his first game as Eagles defensive coordinator after he replaced the fired Juan Castillo during the bye week.

Eagles Notes: Eagles' Mike Patterson says he will play Monday |
Marc Narducci - Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson could not stop smiling - and for good reason.

Hand surgery sends Saints' Sproles to sideline |
Ed Barkowitz - THE JOB of stopping the high-octane Saints offense got a little easier for the Eagles when running back Darren Sproles was ruled out of Monday's game after having hand surgery.

Nate Allen not practicing Friday |
Safety Nate Allen did not practice Friday because of a left hamstring injury he suffered the day before.

Mornhinweg knows Eagles need to regain their swagger |
Les Bowen - Maybe you were cringing and clapping your hands over your ears when you heard Michael Vick talk Thursday about his need to be more aggressive, to get his "swag" back, in the wake of the Atlanta loss, in which the Eagles' quarterback managed to avoid turning the ball over for only the second time all season.

Paul Domowitch: Ex-Eagle Reese questions whether today's Birds have heart, talent for special teams |
Paul Domowitch - How bad have the Eagles' special teams been this season?

Injuries, Road Trip And More |
Darren Sproles figured to be the most difficult Saints against whom to cover in the New Orleans passing game, and the news that he will miss Monday's game alters defensive strategy for sure.

April: Return Game Improving |
Both special teams coordinator Bobby April and punt returner Damaris Johnson are hoping for a happy homecoming when they return to their hometown of New Orleans for Monday night’s game.

Final Word: NFC East - NFC East Blog |
Dan Graziano - Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 9.



Bobby Hebert, Former Saint, Puts Outsize Imprint on Radio -
Greg Bishop - So about that time Bobby Hebert wore a dress. "I had these pigtails," he says. "Like a Viking queen on steroids."

Video: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints |
The "Playbook" crew explains why quarterback Michael Vick is struggling this year with the Philadelphia Eagles and if they can do anything to improve his performance.

Video: AccuScore -- Eagles-Saints |
Cary Chow goes inside the numbers for the Philadelphia Eagles-New Orleans Saints.