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Fleur-de-Links: November 9, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Sproles, Strief, Galette, and Roby are ruled out due to injury vs. the Falcons. Charles Brown gets the start at right tackle.

Chris Graythen


Sproles, Roby, Galette, Strief & Atlanta’s Weatherspoon, Cone & Mitchell all out for Sunday. Final Injury Report:

This is why I love New Orleans how the Fans Support us no matter what I promise I will come back harder then Ever!

The back of 's helmet for Sunday

Love chipotle ... Never gets old... Now just need one on the West Bank!

Go check out what's in my locker on my website!

Saints Friday Injury Report:

Vitt said Charles Brown will start this week due to Strief's injury

Vitt said in Galette's absence, Turk McBride's playing time will increase

Sproles (Hand), Roby (Shoulder), Galette (Ankle) & Strief (Groin) are OUT for Sunday Vitt said

NFL fined Steelers $35,000 and wide receiver Emanuel Sanders $15,000 for him faking an injury against Bengals.

RT Panthers have hired former NY GIants GM Ernie Accorsi to serve as consultant in search for GM.

Smart move by the Panthers to get started in surveying the landscape, and putting a good football man in charge.

Should have seen this coming RT Good stuff from : A sign on a wall offers a clue to Payton's future with Saints

AJC takes jabs at Saints on twitter. TP hides behind pretentious neutrality and also takes jabs at Saints on twitter. Something's not right.

AJC takes jabs at Saints on twitter. TP hides behind pretentious neutrality and also takes jabs at Saints on twitter. Something's not right.

. And the stupid picture was a TERRIBLE awkward segue into that nonsense. It had nothing to do with anything. Ridiculous article

. Worst Payton contract article yet. Easily. And that's saying something. Includes several Jeff Duncan articles. Wow.

. Let's be honest. In most cases, local journalists will basically fellate the nationals at every opportunity

"New Orleans is America’s Favorite City" via

10 Years After "Bluegrass Miracle," Devery Henderson Continues to Make Big Plays

. & Saints are asking fans to bring non-perishable food items to the game this Sun. to benefit !

you ready for this football game against them dirty birds!!!

The DMV RT : Name a destination more desirable than the Georgia Dome.

Do you ever wake up and just have a good feeling about the weekend?



Final Official Saints-Falcons Injury Report
Charles Brown will make his first start of the season in place of Strief, Saints interim coach Joe Vitt announced. Vitt also said that Turk McBride would see increased playing time with Gallette's absence.

Saints to be without Sproles, Strief, 2 others against Falcons | New Orleans
Saints running back Darren Sproles and two other key players along with a significant role player will not play on Sunday against the undefeated Falcons after not practicing at all this week.

Saints know talent of Falcons TE Gonzalez, wary of his ability | New Orleans
Saints safety Roman Harper isn’t one to take himself or the world too seriously. So, when the look on his face turned serious and the tone of his voice got a little bit firmer, it was easy to tell he was telling the truth.

Falcons beat writer: Atlanta respects Saints, but doesn't feel they're superior | New Orleans
The AJC's Darryl Ledbetter believes Atlanta's success is a combination of new coordinators and the maturing of key players. He answers five questions posed by about the Falcons.

Mickles: Saints just focused on getting win | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Nearly half of the players in the New Orleans Saints’ locker room know what it feels like to go deep into the season without a loss. After …

Former Falcon Curtis Lofton now a true ‘Who Dat’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
METAIRIE — He was a card-carrying Dirty Bird who often spoke about hoping to play his entire career in Atlanta. But now, middle linebacker …

Falcons' Weatherspoon out another week | Atlanta Falcons |
The Atlanta Falcons have ruled linebacker Sean Weatherspoon out for Sunday's game against NFC South rival New Orleans as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Falcons know they can't afford to make mistakes vs. Brees | Atlanta Falcons | Columbus Ledger Enquirer
The Atlanta Falcons are ready to prove they aren't defenseless against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

Atlanta Falcons: Does Brees have Saints poised to make a move? | Atlanta Falcons
The one constant for the New Orleans Saints through their "Bounty Gate" scandal has been the feisty leadership and fine play of quarterback Drew Brees.

Saints streak of being home favorites ends this week | ProFootballTalk
This has been a season unlike any other for the Saints. So it makes sense they’re seeing betting lines unlike any other. According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Falcons are a 2 1/2-point favorite Sunday.



Saints LB Vilma never doubted he’d play, feels tide of public opinion turning | New Orleans
"People understand that even if you believe there was a bounty or believe I did it, you at least realize that Goodell overstepped his boundaries," Vilma said. "He stepped too far. I can live with that for now because I still have the defamation suit, the suspension thing is still pending. He had to recuse himself. So that will all take care of itself later on."



New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton have remained surprisingly patient over contract issue: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
If things don't work out, there will be plenty of blame to go around among NFL, team and coach

Sean Payton has a responsibility to the Saints: Letter |
First, he signed a contract, so it's a matter of keeping his word, even if the NFL voided it because of language they didn't like. Fine, fix the language. But he committed to the Saints when he signed that contract, and any man of integrity would honor his commitment.



New Orleans Saints season grows even more fascinating this week: First-and-10 - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
The Sporting News has been unveiling its midseason player polls throughout the week, and one that stood out was their results for the NFL's dirtiest player. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won handily. But even more noteworthy is that no Saints appeared on the list. I won't try to claim that this poll exonerates the Saints from the NFL's bounty allegations, but it is yet another sign that they're not seen around the league as a bunch of dirty players who were out to injure their opponents.

Ndamukong Suh voted dirtiest player in Sporting News midseason players poll - NFL - Sporting News

Henry Childs to appear at Saints Hall of Fame Museum before Falcons game Sunday
Saints Hall of Fame tight end Henry Childs will appear at the Saints Hall of Fame Museum on Sunday, November 11 from 10 AM-11:15 AM, prior to the New Orleans Saints home game against the Atlanta Falcons.