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We're down to the penultimate open practice for Saints fans. That means you have today and tomorrow before practices are closed for the season...kind of like the Blue Ridge Parkway in the winter.

To keep you educated on the Saints for now, here's a little Saints Linkage we're throwing your way.

We're nearly two-and-a-half weeks from cut day but here's our preliminary guesstimate as to the 53-man roster. It will change. Also, read all the way down. That will answer someo of your questions.

The Saints' offense got off to a sluggish start in the preseason opener. Not a big deal but the veterans expect more.

In our dailiy Saints practice report, we talk about Zach Strief working for a starting position as well as other astute practice observations.

Tracy Porter returned to practice Sunday and said he'll take it easy in his comeback from offseason knee surgery.

Meanwhile, Marques Colston practiced again after missing a week of practice.

Here's Sunday's Injury Report.

If you're looking for a list of who helped himself in Friday's game, we've got a small sampling for you.

Juan Kincaid and I discuess what Sean Payton and Robert Meachem said about the offensive struggles.

Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune writes that the Saints began installing the 3-4 defense Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kevin Spain and Triplett discuss Sunday's practice and Porter's return to the practice field.

Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel in Florida writes that the Dolphins signed former Saints linebacker Marvin Mitchell.

Brett Martel of the Associated Press writes about Colston's and Porter's return to practice.

Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate has a story about the Saints' special teams improvements.

Kristian Garic of WWL Radio gives his thoughts from Sunday's practice.

Adam Biggers of the Detroit Free Press has a story about a report linking Mark Ingram to a memorabilia scandal at Alabama.

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