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Saints News, 11/6/13: Darren Sproles Returns to Full Practice

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After sustaining what was reported as a concussion early in the Jets game and never returning, Sproles says he feels fine today and has passed all of the concussion protocols. Not practicing today were Jimmy Graham (elbow/foot), Jahri Evans (hip), Malcolm Jenkins (knee), David Hawthorne (toe), and Cam Jordan (ankle). Kenny Vaccaro (chest) and Marques Colston (knee) were 'limited.' In other somewhat sad news, the Saints placed Jonathan Vilma on IR today, ending his season and possibly his career. They didn't go into details on exactly why, but we can assume his knee must not have held up well during the Jets game. Bummer.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Darren Sproles was full in today&#39;s practice.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398195346267852801">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> RB Darren Sproles said he&#39;s fine, practiced today after going through concussion protocol. Full injury report at 3 central time.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/398183446264037377">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> INJ report: DNP - M Jenkins (knee), Evans (hip), Graham (elbow/foot), Hawthorne (toe), Jordan (ankle)</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398195503701061633">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> INJ report: Limited - Vaccaro (chest), Colston (knee)</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398195662308642816">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> Graham listed with elbow and foot injuries. He played through both in second half last week.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/398195997899100160">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Darren Sproles was full today after leaving Sunday&#39;s game with what was reported in the press box as a concussion.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398197098782281728">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> place LB Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve, officially ending his season and casting doubt on his long-term future.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/398206086122962944">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> haven&#39;t offered any details on transaction. It&#39;s assumed his knee didnt respond well enough after returning from knee injury last wk</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/398206301408227328">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Welp, Vilma goes to IR. His season is done. Looks like playing his old team once was last hurrah. Doubt he plays in NFL again.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/398206216385888256">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>DB Chris Carr was back at practice today, but the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> haven&#39;t released a corresponding move yet that would have opened a spot for him.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398198174105350144">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jabari Greer on Rob Ryan facing Dallas, the team that fired him last year: "Obviously we know the history... <a href="http://t.co/RyzALwzEM0">http://t.co/RyzALwzEM0</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398200967906091008">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jason Garrett&#39;s phone sounded like it went underwater when I asked him about Rob Ryan making jabs about being fired from Dallas. Of course.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398183712522649600">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jason Garrett said Rob Ryan is a fantastic coach and the defense played well last year before the injuries.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398181272842821632">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drew Brees said that it&#39;s hard for anyone speak about the hazing/bullying in Miami w/out knowing what actually happened.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398180144122052608">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brees did say he absolutely didn&#39;t agree w/ the racist comments.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398180219980234752">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>On football, Brees said the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; No. 7 ranking on offense is fairly meaningless. Says yards don&#39;t always mean points.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398180456299905024">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brees and Payton both said the team needs to get back to being more balanced on offense.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/398180618409738240">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said he absolutely needs to call more running plays going forward.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398171289774329856">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton likened Romo-Dez combo to Brees-Graham as being one of the best combos in the NFL.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398172453001637888">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton also said one reason you bring in a big CB like Keenan Lewis is to matchup with Dez Bryant.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/398173265580945408">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton said <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have a good culture and balance around here. Hazing is not an issue for the Saints.</p>&mdash; Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) <a href="https://twitter.com/garlandgillen/statuses/398170613119864833">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees">@DrewBrees</a> presents <a href="https://twitter.com/ufc">@UFC</a>&#39;s Daniel Cormier (<a href="https://twitter.com/dc_mma">@dc_mma</a>), a Lafayette, La. native, with a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> jersey <a href="http://t.co/FBFDopnrcI">pic.twitter.com/FBFDopnrcI</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/398182409247522817">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/SeanPayton">@SeanPayton</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/ufc">@UFC</a>&#39;s Daniel Cormier (<a href="https://twitter.com/dc_mma">@dc_mma</a>) after practice today <a href="http://t.co/rVNiLm9mZB">pic.twitter.com/rVNiLm9mZB</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/398173957091647488">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Don&#39;t count the days, make the days count..</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/398156134122418176">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/KAq6a3Htg5">http://t.co/KAq6a3Htg5</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanKelleyLive">@SeanKelleyLive</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Pelicans&amp;src=hash">#Pelicans</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/398156050643181568">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lawyer Ted Wells appointed by Roger Goodell to direct independent investigation of Dolphins and prepare a report that will be made public.&#10; </p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/398204389636050944">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>For the first time this season, the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> will wear black jerseys and black pants on Sunday <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DALvsNO&amp;src=hash">#DALvsNO</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/398117009142988800">November 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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