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Saints News, 11/20/13: Darren Sproles and Jahri Evans Miss 2nd Consecutive Practice

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With today being the last practice session before the Falcons game tomorrow night, it's looking doubtful that they will play even though they're both listed as 'questionable.' Since the team is coming off such a short week between games, I wouldn't be surprised if Coach Payton holds them out until after the upcoming mini-bye so they'll be in much better health for the huge Seahawks game that follows. Not that anyone is looking past the Falcons. They always play us tough no matter what their record is.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> made minor changes to injury report. TE Graham, DE Jordan, LB Lofton listed as probable. G Tim Lelito DNP for non-football reason.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/403269406408466432">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham and Curtis Lofton are listed as PROBABLE, not questionable.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/403266802358054912">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Cam Jordan is also probable. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> website originally had Jordan, Graham and Lofton as questionable.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/403267206017867776">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So, I misread the injury report. It looks like Lofton and Graham are actually probable. I need to go to the eye doctor.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/403265974691844097">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Actually, it appears the Saints originally named 12 as questionable and then the practice report had several changed to probable</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/403266257484402688">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I would say gametime decision at best. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/threeo">@threeo</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> What&#39;s your read on Sproles&#39; situation?</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/403262923520225280">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and G Jahri Evans (ankle) did not practice again Wednesday, officially listed as questionable.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/403260837302784000">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tough to predict whether <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Sproles and Evans will play. Maybe they didnt practice bc short week. Or maybe they wont play bc short week</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/403261419002408960">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: Top 10 in <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> fan ProBowl votes <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> is 2nd, <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> is 7th <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/uTMu0Y8oTm">pic.twitter.com/uTMu0Y8oTm</a>&quot; best fans in the world!</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/403267446083026944">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL should look into ESPN running a bounty program. Offering to pay for illegal hit fines, encouraging personal fouls. Makes game less safe</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/403265438257532929">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sean Payton RT <a href="https://twitter.com/KyleBrandt">@KyleBrandt</a>: If all 32 NFL coaches were thrown into the Hunger Games, who&#39;s coming out? Harbaugh Bros would be tough kills</p>&mdash; Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewSiciliano/statuses/403264029407199232">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL statement on Ray Lewis&#39;s bounty: &quot;He didn&#39;t really mean it. That&#39;s just the way they talk in the NFL. It&#39;s just the culture.&quot;</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/403258961702293504">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ray Lewis has also offered to go to Jonathan Martin&#39;s house and bully him on behalf of Richie Incognito. Roger and Greg Aiello approve.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/403259655624728576">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brees has played the Falcons 15 times. This one will make a full &quot;season&quot;. So far: 12-3, 67% completions, 4532 yds, 31 TD, 18 INT.</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/403258811101618176">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL spokesman <a href="https://twitter.com/gregaiello">@gregaiello</a>: &quot;We have no role in how Ray Lewis spends his money.&quot; NFL won&#39;t stop him from paying Brooks $8K</p>&mdash; Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) <a href="https://twitter.com/WillBrinson/statuses/403248252369117184">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former NFL player once implicated in a murder voluntarily pays for an illegal hit during the &#39;player safety&#39; era. NFL: &quot;no big deal.&quot;</p>&mdash; Reid (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/403251754726211584">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ESPN analyst Ray Lewis: &quot;I will see Ahmad on Monday and I will have a check in hand for half of the fine.&quot;</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/403245790061416448">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>People are STILL saying PF call on Ahmad Brooks cost the 49ers the game. Maybe Frank Gore&#39;s wide-open did. Or the 3 &amp; out after PF. Stop.</p>&mdash; Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottWalker6/statuses/403225556700774400">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Travel day - players bags are about to be packed! <a href="http://t.co/bfKBsbvWw2">http://t.co/bfKBsbvWw2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsATL&amp;src=hash">#NOvsATL</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/403238151562330112">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Barbs aimed at <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Brees are way off target <a href="http://t.co/kC2LrpAyom">http://t.co/kC2LrpAyom</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/403233328527986688">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Running up the score tomorrow night would take this week to a whole different level of glorious.</p>&mdash; Reid (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/403228793478725633">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/wyche89">@wyche89</a> previews the Saints-Falcons game on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/ORpUMi2ntc">http://t.co/ORpUMi2ntc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsATL&amp;src=hash">#NOvsATL</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/403224981259030528">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Please explain. How so? RT <a href="https://twitter.com/GreggDoyelCBS">@GreggDoyelCBS</a> Remember Ahmad Brooks&#39; neck-stretching hit on Brees? Cost 49ers a game</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/403222248976171008">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Drew Brees had more passing yards after the roughing call than Kaepernick did after 11:00 remaining in the 3rd quarter.</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/403223645381599232">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL fines Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks $16,000 for personal foul hit on <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Drew Brees, report says <a href="http://t.co/h6zTPGLHBg">http://t.co/h6zTPGLHBg</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/403216925259337728">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Fantastic. Just as the crying was STARTING to tail off, we get a whole new round of butthurt</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/403216448132087808">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Heading to Atlanta <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOvsATL&amp;src=hash">#NOvsATL</a> <a href="http://t.co/i7ENqtmkOd">pic.twitter.com/i7ENqtmkOd</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/403277888192917504">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>On the way to Atlanta this nap bout to be everything!</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/403278485486972928">November 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints @ Falcons on short, short week

New Orleans Saints issue final injury report for Falcons game
9 players listed as questionable, 4 probable

Darren Sproles, Jahri Evans miss Saints practice again - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) were held out of practice again Wednes

Nine New Orleans Saints players listed as questionable on final injury report leading up to Falcons game | NOLA.com
Running back Darren Sproles (knee/ankle) and guard Jahri Evans (ankle) may be the two players most likely not to play Thursday as both players missed practice all week, including Wednesday. Both players missed snaps during last Sunday's win over San Francisco, but both returned to action after missing only a handful of snaps.

Tony Gonzalez Injury: Back To Practice, Reynolds Running With First Team - The Falcoholic
An injury and starting lineup update the day before Thursday Night Football.

Black and Gold Today: Falcons' offensive struggles and how the Saints can exploit them - Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and FOX 8 Sports' Garland Gillen analyze the Saints and Falcons run games and if there's any chance Atlanta pulls an upset at home. Plus, the latest on a fine of 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

Falcons a far cry from 13-3 team of a year ago | wwltv.com New Orleans
Flip on video of the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 and something stands out that you just can’t miss.

Brees not even thinking about 5 INT game against Falcons in ‘12 | wwltv.com New Orleans
Drew Brees could have been forgiven for first interception he threw in the Georgia Dome last November.

Saints look to take down struggling Falcons in Atlanta
What many figured would be the key game in the NFC South this season has morphed into a potential mismatch.

Short week makes busy week for Saints (Video) | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Whether win or lose, by rule, Saints players and coaches give themselves 24 hours to bask in or rue the outcome of a game. Then, they begin…

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons series history
A quick look at the long history between the Saints and the Falcons

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons: Broadcast Information
12 New Orleans Saints players are listed as questionable

Saints vs. Falcons - Thursday Night Football, Keys to the Game
Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of

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Other Saints News

Barbs aimed at Drew Brees are way off target - ESPN
I understand the uproar over whether a flag should have been thrown on San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks for his hit on New Orleans Saints

Brees: Penalty sure felt obvious to me - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees praised San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks as a hard-nosed, clean football player

Saints only team with two of top 10 in fan voting for Pro Bowl | wwltv.com New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints are the only NFL team with two players in the top 10 of fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl game.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham among top 10 Pro Bowl vote-getters from fans | NOLA.com
Drew Brees sits second behind Peyton Manning; Jimmy Graham ranks seventh

Ahmad Brooks fine: San Francisco 49ers LB penalized for hit on Drew Brees | Audibles - SI.com
We may have finally reached the line of demarcation where the NFL's desire for quarterback safety has passed the league's need for on-field logic.

John DeShazier: Balanced offense paying off for Saints
In New Orleans’ eight victories, it has run the ball 212 times for 802 yards

Drew Brees has array of weapons at his disposal in New Orleans Saints' offense: notebook | NOLA.com
Thirteen players have caught passes, with 10 scoring

Ahmad Brooks Fined
Ahmad Brooks Fined

Pierre Thomas Record
Pierre Thomas Record

Wade won job in New Orleans over four other tryout candidates | ProFootballTalk
The Saints have lost Jabari Greer for the season, due to a torn ACL. Corey White, a fifth-round pick in 2012, now steps up. The gap trickled down, with the Saints adding Trevin Wade to the roster. Before signing Wade, the Saints looked at a total of five defensive backs.

Saints LB Victor Butler returns on 'super limited' basis - ESPN
Saints LB Victor Butler returned to practice on super limited basis for first time since he tore his ACL

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Around the NFL

Ed Reed: Wade Phillips is "probably" the reason I’m not in Houston | ProFootballTalk
Ed Reed will play for his new team against his old team on Sunday when the Jets face the Ravens, and he's offering up some opinions about the team that let him go last week, the Texans.

Jeff Fisher: Flag on Panthers shouldn’t have been picked up | ProFootballTalk
Count Rams coach Jeff Fisher among the many who believe the Patriots got a raw deal on the last play of Monday night's loss to the Panthers. Fisher, a longtime member of the NFL's competition committee who has a firm understanding of the rule book, says back judge Terrence Miles made the right ca...

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Video

VIDEO: Junior Galette: "we won't take Falcons lightly"
New Orleans Saints LB Junior Galette speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 19, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Corey White on stepping up in Greer's absence
New Orleans Saints DB Corey White speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 19, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Robert Meachem: "records don't matter Thursday"
New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, November 19, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)