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Grab a beignets, some chicory or possibly a nap (after you read). We'll allow it.

Right tackle Jon Stinchcomb missed practice Thursday with a bruised shoulder, but head coach Sean Payton didn't seem too worried.

After a rough outing Wednesday, the Saints' offense made amends on Thursday with a standout day.

After 20 days of relative good behavior, the Saints finally got into the ring Thursday, getting in a few scraps with the Texans.

The offensive line had a rough start to the preseason against the Patriots. Now they're working on getting into rhythm.

Jim Henderson says what happened Thursday in practice showed that the Saints didn't want to get owned by the Texans.

Elsewhere around the interweb:
Les East, writing for the Baton Rouge Advocate, says the Lance Moore is taking advantage of his opportunities.

East also wrote that tempers flared in the final joint practice of the preseason.

Brian Allee-Walsh of says that special teams captain Troy Evans is feeling the pressure.

Chris Singleton of the Houma Courier believes preseason needs to be changed.

The Associated Press writes that Thursday's practice was competitive between the Saints and Texans.

Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett says that the Saints are thin at running back.

Peter Finney, ringleader of the T-P/ news syndicate, says linebackers coach Joe Vitt is the Saints' 'consigliere.'

T-P/ columnist Jeff Duncan the Omnipotent says the Saints won't relinquish their title without a fight.

Jim Mashek of the Biloxi Sun Herald believes the Saints' physical style will be tested Saturday against Houston.

Ryan Jones of the Hullabaloo talks about Patrick Ramsey's return to New Orleans.

Nationally Speaking:
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Houston's running backs don't care who they have to run through, including the Saints' defense.

McClain wonders aloud if the Texans can be this year's Saints.

Jordon Goodwin of the Chronicle says Saints linebacker Troy Evans likes what he sees in his old team - the Texans.

Pete Prisco of thinks a better defense is key to a Saints repeat.

Prisco also lists what he loves and hates about the Saints.

Ray Glier of AOL Fanhouse writes about the Saints now being the hunted.

Andrew Lawrence of sends in his postcard from Saints training camp.

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