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Fleur-de-Links: December 27, 2012

Your daily collection of New Orleans Saints news and opinion. TODAY'S HEADLINE: Pierre Thomas misses second consecutive practice with knee injury.

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defense has one last chance to avoid making history |

MT ": Phil's locker got Hawaii makeover in celebration of 1st PB: " - Nice of them to dress up my locker too!

Pro Bowl alternates: Brees, Graham, Bushrod

RT : MT": Shanle's positive memories w/ Saints outweigh difficult 2012: (cont)

LOVE what you stand for.Thought I'd inspire you today that we are taking 10 severe food allergy kids to the top of Kilimanjaro

P. Thomas (Knee), Greer (Concussion) & Hicks (Knee) did not practice today. Full Saints-Panthers Injury Report

Greg McMahon said Corey White, Jerico Nelson & Travaris Cadet have stood out on special teams this season

Greg McMahon on Morstead making Pro Bowl "Because of his work ethic and kind of guy he is, you always pull for him. We are happy for him"

Vitt on Jahri Evans: "He kind of reminds me of Will Shields, the next offensive lineman to go in Hall of Fame."

McMahon on Morstead: "He’s a guy who has made an impression since he has been here."

Joe Vitt said he hasn't brought up the numbers with the team possibly becoming the single-season worst defense in terms of yardage.

MT ": I want to send a special Thank u to my lawyers Maurice Suh & Heather McPhee couldn't have done it w/o them" -- Great job

MT": Shanle's positive memories w/ Saints outweigh difficult 2012: " - Most under-appreciated player of SP era

Happy Birthday to Deuce McAllister ()!

Wait, so Sherman gets out of a 4-game suspension for Adderall? On what grounds? Did he test positive or did he not? Whatever happened to...

..."You're responsible for what you put into your body, even if the offending ingredient isn't on the label and the NFL said it was cool."??

With at least 1 TD pass vs Carolina on Sunday, Brees would become the 1st player in NFL history with at least 40 TDs in back-to-back seasons

A short list of things more important than Pro Bowl selections:

Vote for Drew Brees for the FedEx Air Player of the Week!


Panthers @ Saints:

Saints vs. Panthers: Previewing NFL Week 17 Matchup
The New Orleans Saints will be hosting the Carolina Panthers in both teams' season finales. Find out which quarterback will lead his team to victory come Sunday.

By the Numbers: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers |
Gene Higginbotham

Saints on track to be worst defense in NFL history | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Barring a football miracle, the Saints defense will leave the Superdome after Sunday's regular-season finale as the worst in NFL history.

Drew Brees Says Saints Need to be Sharp in Season Finale |
Post-practice press conference - 12/26/2012

Joe Vitt: Carolina Panthers Are Most Improved Defense Saints Have Faced This Season |
Post-practice press conference - 12/16/2012.

Carolina's Ron Rivera and Brandon LaFell Preview Season Finale vs Saints |
Media Conference Call transcript. Includes link to audio file.

Saints FB Collins returns to practice, RB Thomas misses second straight day |
Bradley Handwerger - Saints fullback Jed Collins returned to practice for the first time since the week of the Tampa Bay game, going through full drills Thursday ahead of Sunday’s season finale against Carolina at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Three players miss Thursday's New Orleans Saints practice |
Larry Holder - Elbert Mack would likely start if CB Jabari Greer can't play Sunday.



Scott Shanle's positive memories with New Orleans Saints will outweigh 'difficult' 2012 season: First-and-10 |
Mike Triplett - Shanle knows this could be final week with Saints after seven-year run in New Orleans.


Pro Bowl Selections:

Saints’ Evans, Morstead voted to Pro Bowl game | Black and Gold

Which New Orleans Saints players were snubbed by Pro Bowl voters? |
Saints question of the day

Jahri Evans, Thomas Morstead make NFC Pro Bowl squad |
Justin Macione (official Saints release) - Saints G Jahri Evans and P Thomas Morstead were named to the 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday night.

Morstead, Evans earn Saints’ only Pro Bowl berths for 2012 season |
Bradley Handwerger - Saints punter Thomas Morstead and right guard Jahri Evans were both named to the Pro Bowl as New Orleans’ representatives in the NFL all-star game.

Saints’ Jahri Evans, Thomas Morstead selected to Pro Bowl | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Sheldon Mickles - Guard Jahri Evans, a three-time All-Pro pick, and punter/kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead will represent the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Thomas Morstead and Jahri Evans to Pro Bowl |
Andrew Juge - Pro Bowl rosters were announced and only two Saints players made it to the starting roster this year.

2013 Pro Bowl Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers start at QB; Richard Sherman Snubbed |
Chris Burke on the NFL.



Saints QB Brees’ ‘down’ season product of his own success |
Bradley Handwerger - Drew Brees leads the NFL with 39 touchdowns passes and 4,781 passing yards.

Forecast: Hindsight about 2012 Saints will help predict 2013 |
Ralph Malbrough - Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Saints LT Bushrod in position to earn big payday this offseason |
Bradley Handwerger - Jermon Bushrod didn’t come into the NFL and set the world on fire as a rookie.

Who will be staying or going on the Saints? | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - With no playoff games to look forward to and the season finale coming Sunday, some New Orleans Saints began the process of taking a long look around the locker room on Wednesday.

What The Hell Happened? | Who Dat Social Club

NFC South wrap: Year of the Falcons - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. - Five things to know and my all-division team.

End of the Road: 2012 New Orleans Saints |
Will Brinson - As each NFL team is officially eliminated from postseason contention, the Eye on Football crew will whip up a review of that team's 2012 season.



Joe Vitt Interview 12/27/12
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt speaks with reporters after practice on Thursday, December 27, 2012.

Video: Countdown Daily -- New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers |
Cary Chow goes inside the numbers for the Panthers-Saints.