Saints News, 10/17/13: Jonathan Vilma to Return to Practice Monday



Who dat talkin’ ’bout dem Saints?

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma says he’s back to practice Monday | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
“(Coach) Sean (Payton) says I’m allowed to practice Mon!!” Vilma tweeted. “After Mon it’s the old cliché ‘one day at a time.’ “

Jonathan Vilma says he ll practice Monday – ESPN
Vilma is now officially eligible to begin practicing after being placed on injured reserve in Week 1 with a designation to return. He will be eligible to return to the active roster in Week 9.

ESPN’s Williamson ‘very high’ on Saints – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
“I could certainly see them getting a bye, and nobody wants to play in New Orleans in the playoffs, that’s for sure,” Williamson said.

Saints left Patriots seriously battered | New Orleans
The “next man up” philosophy of the New England Patriots is getting seriously tested.

Forecast: What will pro football look like in 12 years? | New Orleans
After watching the incredible PBS Frontline episode ‘League of Denial’ about the NFL and concussions I’m convinced the NFL is nearing the point where it will undergo a drastic change.

Bills QB Manuel will miss Saints game
Journeyman Thaddeus Lewis remains the top candidate to hold down quarterback duties during Manuel’s absence, though the Bills did sign the recently released Matt Flynn on Monday.

Black and Gold Today: Saints offensive evaluation and more – Video |
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Larry Holder analyze the Saints’ offensive performance through the bye week, including the offensive line and red zone production. Plus hear from Drew Brees, and remember to send in your trivia answers. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Mickey Loomis, Crowd Noise, Saints Ring of Honro
Mickey Loomis recently sat down with New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier Wednesday in an interview, and he had a great deal to say, but his final question was perhaps the most interesting.

Brian de la Puente anticipates second half, birth of first child | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Three days after getting “Brady-ed’’ during the final frenetic seconds at New England, New Orleans Saints center Brian de la Puente said he…

Saints Nation: Saints After a Bye Week Under Sean Payton | October | 2013 Articles

Breaking down New Orleans Saints remaining schedule – ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are obviously in great shape at 5-1 heading into their Week 7 bye. But the schedule doesn’t get any easier down the stretch. Here’s a glance at what’s still to come:


Around the League

506 Sports – NFL Maps: Week 7, 2013
NFL Maps: Week 7, 2013

Tony Gonzalez: I’m not jumping ship | ProFootballTalk
Ever since word of wide receiver Julio Jones‘ season-ending foot injury came to light, there have been suggestions that the Falcons look to trade tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Cowboys remain America’s (favorite) team | ProFootballTalk
With so many polls currently focused on the Redskins, there’s another poll that centers on the Cowboys. According to SportsBusiness Daily, a recent Harris Poll shows that the Cowboys remain the most popular team among American football fans.

Bucs’ Glennon defying scouting reports
The general consensus coming out of college was that Mike Glennon was an immobile and often inaccurate quarterback. But Glennon’s play in his first two starts has all but belied the scouting reports.

Bucs notes: Nicks has surgery for MRSA
Carl Nicks, who has played only nine of 21 games with the Bucs after signing a lucrative free-agent contract in the spring of 2012, was not placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Osi Umenyiora: ‘It’s not over for us’ – Atlanta Falcons Blog – ESPN
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is scheduled to address the local media Thursday for the first time since media-and-fan

Falcons practice report: Jackson, Baker, White, Coffman and… | Atlanta Falcons |
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Steven Jackson (hamstring), wide receiver Roddy White (left hamstring/right ankle), left tackle Sam Baker (left knee), linebacker Akeem Dent (sprained ankle) and tight end Chase Coffman (left knee) were not participating in practice on Wednesday and might not be available this week against Tampa Bay.



VIDEO Patriots Today – Belichick breaks down a thriller
Bill Belichick brings us an Xs-and-Os look at five significant plays – including the game-winning touchdown – from last Sunday’s sensational fourth quarter comeback win over the Saints.

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