Whew! What a news-filled Wednesday we had here at the Metairie headquarters of the EOSB. Explanations of roster moves, law issues for a player and lunch. And not necessarily in that order.
Saints Linkage is back for another spin around the interweb. Let's get to it.
Chris Ivory is in a bit of legal stew from an incident that happened two years ago when he was at Washington State.
WWL-TV.com contributing writing Ralph Malbrough is off the bandwagon and he's taking his tuba with him. He says the Saints will lose to Tampa and he tells us why.
In our weekly video review of the past week's game, we see that Drew Brees was off so much that a good defensive effort couldn't cover for him.
Maybe he's off because he's looking for baby names? Come on folks, help the "King of New Orleans" come up with a baby name.
Reggie Bush could be close to being back. He said Wednesday it's not out of the realm of possibility that he's back for the PIttsburgh game.
Randall Gay missed practice witih headaches and four other players were out, too, on Wednesday.
Accuscore, the most trusted score predictor at WWLTV.com, says the Saints will win. It also breaks down the stats.
Elsewhere around the region
Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate says Drew Brees and the Saints are looking for answers.
Mickles also chronicles what Sean Payton said about releasing John Carney.
Brett Martel of the Associated Press writes that the running game must improve if the Saints are to have success like they did a season ago.
Deke Bellavia of WWL Radio says that the numbers tell the story of the Saints' struggles and that includes sacks.
Brian Allee-Walsh of NewOrleans.com wants to know what's wrong with Brees.
Allee-Walsh also talked with Carney, who said he understands the NFL is a business.
Jeff Duncan of the T-P/NOLA.com syndicate says Brees has been overwhelmed with the response to his upcoming baby's birth.
James Varney, Duncan's teammate, writes that the offense has lost its mojo.
Mike Triplett of the T-P/NOLA.com group says that Julius Jones is happy to be in New Orleans.
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com answers your questions about the Saints.
Yasinskas also says Payton believes the Bucs attitude is showing up on the field.
Jereom Bettis of SI.com writes that the Saints should be very, very concerned.
If you're in Tampa, the Saints-Bucs game is blacked out despite the teams being a combined 6-3.
Lenny Vangilder of Foxsports.com says the Saints have made all the wrong moves.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News writes that the Saints are marching down the wrong path.
About the Bucs
Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune writes that the Bucs are loving all the naysayers.
Quarterback Josh Freeman was honored by the NFC.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times says that former Saints center Jeff Faine is out for the game.
Holder also writes that the Bucs are looking at special teams issues.