New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Vilma Close to Returning

The New Orleans Saints were bitten by the injury-bug pretty hard in the offseason, and many wondered if their season was over before it even started. However, the Saints have proved all of their doubters wrong and are 5-1 heading into their bye week. The Saints have been particularly banged up on the defensive side of the ..

Saints News, 10/18/13: NFL Fines Malcom Jenkins for Kenbrell Thompkins Hit


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Malcolm Jenkins was fined $15,750 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area, per league source. #saints

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 18, 2013


#Saints safety Rafael Bush wasn’t fined for the play where Danny Amendola sustained a concussion, per league source.

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 18, 2013


Probably not the best way to haul a mattress down the interstate. pic.twitter.com/j0hGpdjjBl

Will Herring (@wherring54) October 18, 2013


Playing the @dallascowboys on 11/10. Want to watch from VIP seats? http://t.co/wvVVyEjZZs

— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 18, 2013


Went back to chandler high today… Proud to be a wolf… goin to the game tonight to watch future ballers. Ewing to Aguano #chs #killinit

— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) October 18, 2013


Man my boy AJ got his hands full up in Grambling a pure mess. The players are taking a risky move. Scholarships are year to year

— deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) October 18, 2013


Then think about the lost revenue on Jackson state part if they don’t come

— deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) October 18, 2013


It’s about to go down! Thurman’s Cafe!!! pic.twitter.com/XBOKlJPAzF

— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 18, 2013


Falcons WR Roddy White‘s streak of 133 consecutive games will end Sunday; he already has been ruled out of game vs. Bucs.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2013


I love Columbus! Thurman’s always hits the spot! http://t.co/TUqHR4LhmR

— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 18, 2013


I’m not playing this week so I’m fighting #FOMOF the only way I know how. #NFLMobile @VerizonWireless.#ad

Drew Brees (@drewbrees) October 18, 2013


Too soft. Loomis is probably trying to deal him. RT @angrywhodat: People gonna argue that Jimmy Graham doesn’t deserve WR money?

— Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) October 18, 2013


Baylen saluting our service men and women this morning. Thanks for all you do. Hoorah! http://t.co/VuYKXHkxDR

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) October 18, 2013


Accept what you can’t change. Change what you can’t accept.

Roman Harper (@Harp41) October 18, 2013


Analysis: Jimmy Graham negotiations, Mark Ingram‘s role among intriguing issues for #Saints http://t.co/Fq3mSa5IBA

— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 18, 2013


I’m up at 5 am what the deuce! Crazy thang is mom n pops roamin the house right now-_-

— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) October 18, 2013


Did @ProFootballTalk even watch the @DangeRussWilson video they wrote about? Not even close to an accurate summary

Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 18, 2013


It’s all about The U. Whew close call.

— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) October 18, 2013


Dear Miami Hurricanes,
PLEASE stop calling pass plays. Thanku kindly

Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) October 18, 2013


If you had to guess, how much $ does the NFL make per week from player fines? I keep hearing it all goes to charity I need a receipt!

— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 17, 2013


Oh well no crying over spilled milk…

— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) October 17, 2013

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Who dat talkin’ ’bout dem Saints?

Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Spikes draw fines from league | ProFootballTalk
Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins was fined $15,750 for a hit to the head of Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. The hit came in the third quarter of the game on a second-and-six pass that Thompkins couldn’t reel in after taking the blow from Jenkins. The ensuing penalty handed the Patriots 15 yards they used to move into position for a field goal that snapped a 17-17 tie.

NFL confirms Jenkins fine, won’t fine Rafael Bush | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The NFL on Friday confirmed that it fined New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins $15,750 for a hit on New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins five days earlier.

Saints roster spotlight: Running backs – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints running backs through the first six weeks of the 2013 season: Looking back: The Saints’ run game has shown sig

Saints roster spotlight: Tight ends – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints’ tight ends through the first six weeks of the 2013 season: Looking back: Jimmy Graham was sensational over the firs

Saints roster spotlight: Offensive line – New Orleans Saints Blog – ESPN
A look at the New Orleans Saints’ offensive line through the first six weeks of the 2013 season: Looking back: The Saints’ line has steadily im

New Orleans Saints-Patriots game most watched on TV last week
Close game averaged 26.7 million viewers

moosedenied ” Blog Archive ” Why Football Happen As It Do
Welp. Some days you’re Ferris, and some days you’re Rooney. From very early on Sunday afternoon, it just felt like it was gonna be one of those Rooney type days.

Jonathan Vilma can return to practice next week | ProFootballTalk
If he’s well, he could help solidify the interior of a defense that has improved this year, although after setting a league record for yards allowed last season, the only direction to go was up.

Do the Saints Have the Loudest Stadium in the NFL?
“We don’t need the Guinness Book of World Records to tell us that we are the loudest stadium. We already know that we are.” – Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, on the recent “official” world record of 137.5 decibels set by Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium for loudest outdoor stadium.

Saints Setting Historic Turnover Pace
The New Orleans Saints are playing great football with a 5-1 and are doing so because Drew Brees and Co. are playing some of the best football in the team’s history.

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints, Mickey Loomis, Jimmy Graham Contract
Despite being held without a single catch or yard in Week 6, Graham still leads (for now) the NFL in Reception Yards with 593 yards on 37 catches, and 4 touchdowns. Before the shutout, that was nearly 119 yards/game (118.6 actually) & 7 catches/game (7.4 actually). Those numbers are now 98.9 yards/game, & 6.1 catches/game. If Graham were to keep his pace, he’s on track to finish the season with nearly 1,600 yards & 96 receptions when it’s all said and done.

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
A look at what’s being written about the New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham negotiations, Mark Ingram’s role among intriguing issues for New Orleans Saints: analysis | NOLA.com
I’ve confirmed the Saints sent their latest contract offer to Graham’s camp two months ago, before he opened the season with monstrous numbers. Notice the use of “latest contract offer.” The team has indeed been actively pursing a new deal for their best offensive weapon, but it takes two parties for negotiations to commence.

Was the Saints-Patriots showdown a Super Bowl preview? | NOLA.com
Most Who Dats would love to see the Super Bowl’s Final Four come down to what one Las Vegas oddsmaker predicts it will be: New England and Denver in one bracket, New Orleans and Seattle in the other.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: Unblocked
It’s not all that surprising that Capers, one of the originators of the zone blitz, is still figuring up ways to dial up blitzes where a pass rusher comes completely free. Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (six unblocked sacks) also brings a reputation of inventing clever blitzes, and Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver (six unblocked sacks) is a lesser-known coach who is doing an excellent job of confusing protection schemes.

Black and Gold Today: Jimmy Graham’s contract, Saints season outlook, trivia challenge winner and more – Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Katherine Terrell discuss the Saints’ biggest areas they must improve headed into their final 10 games, plus looking ahead to the Saints’ tough slate ahead. Also see who won this week’s Saints trivia challenge. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

What’s The “War On Football” About, Anyway? My Day On The Frontlines
“The one thing that brought New Orleans back as a city … the New Orleans Saints! 2006, right?” “2009,” someone said from the crowd. “Sorry, my memory’s not as good,” he said. “I’ve had three concussions.”

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Around the League

Falcons without Roddy White and Steven Jackson this week | ProFootballTalk
There’s a good reason the Falcons aren’t interested in trading Tony Gonzalez — because Matt Ryan has to have someone to throw the ball to. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Falcons will be without both wide receiver Roddy White and running back Steven Jackson this week against the Bucc…

Jermichael Finley planning to appeal $15,750 fine | ProFootballTalk
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley didn’t wait for the NFL to confirm the list of fines for Week Six before taking to Twitter to thank the league for looking his way. https://twitter.

Peterson found out about son recently, death ‘devastating’
Adrian Peterson said he only recently found out about his 2-year-old son who died last week.

Seahawks got benefit from holding penalty on Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
Late in the first half of Thursday night’s game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals, after Seattle raced out to a 14-0 lead and the Cardinals cut the margin to four, the Seahawks were driving.

Gronkowski gets clearance to play against the Jets | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, agent Drew Rosenhaus told WQAM radio in Miami that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still had not been cleared to play on Sunday against the Jets. On Friday, Rosenhaus told PFT that the clearance has arrived.

Richard Sherman: We’re the best in the NFL at all 4 secondary spots | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has never hurt for confidence, and he sounded particularly confident after Thursday’s win over the Cardinals. Sherman told reporters in the Seahawks’ locker room that he thinks not only does Seattle have the NFL’s best secondary collectively, but the Seahawks h…

Josh Freeman: Bucs didn’t see me as the guy, I strongly disagree | ProFootballTalk
For all the disagreements Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano had in Tampa, the one that really mattered was the most fundamental of all: Freeman believed he was the franchise quarterback, and Schiano did not.

Official: Vikings-Giants the worst MNF matchup ever | ProFootballTalk
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the combined .090 winning percentage of the 1-4 Vikings and 0-6 Giants is officially the worst such record this late in the season in the 44-year history of MNF.

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Lagniappe

Cops: Man kills son in front of pregnant girlfriend after football dispute – NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Cops: Man kills son in front of pregnant girlfriend after football dispute Cops: Man kills son in front of pregnant girlfriend after football dispute

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
HOUSTON GROCERY STORE EXPRESSES ‘TREMENDOUS REGRET’ FOR DUMB MATT SCHAUB TOMBSTONE JOKE

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
FORMER NFL OFFENSIVE LINEMAN MATT BIRK LOSES 75 POUNDS, GETS JACKED, WANTS TO BE A MODEL

Commiskey, Barrios, Hazard, Robicheaux to speak at October 21 QB Club
Former New Orleans Saints lineman Chuck Commiskey, former Tulane star Steve Barrios, former LSU player Nick Hazard and Destrehan head coach Steve Robicheaux will be the speakers at the weekly Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club on Monday, October 21 at noon at The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse Street in New Orleans.

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Audio (scroll to 18:45 for epic NFL hypocrisy rant)

Mark Schlereth, NFL – ESPN
ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth weighs in on Jim Irsay-Peyton Manning situation, the Colts‘ performance this season, the difficulties DBs face, the fine on Ndamukong Suh and more.