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Saints awaiting third opinion on Nick Fairley's career-threatening heart condition

Updated on June 8, 2017 at 2:08 PM
Posted on June 8, 2017 at 1:04 PM
By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com The

The New Orleans Saints are still awaiting another medical opinion on defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who has an enlarged heart that is putting the future of his career in jeopardy.

Coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Fairley has already undergone three examinations with heart specialists, and the team is awaiting an opinion from the third exam before determining the best step to take with the 29-year-old.

"The first one was one that advised that he shouldn't play football again," Payton said after organized team activities. "The second opinion was a little different, and he's ... already gotten a third opinion. We're waiting on that opinion.

"It's obviously something significant and serious that we've got to pay attention to, obviously both for Nick and for the club. So, we're hopeful and yet we're guarded because of the type of condition that we're talking about."

Payton said the Saints are hoping to have a resolution with regards to Fairley's future within the next couple weeks.



Nick Fairley's Saints teammates want him to focus on health before football

Fairley is undergoing further testing

NFL teams discovered Fairley's heart condition during his combine medical evaluations in 2011, but the Detroit Lions felt comfortable enough with the issue to draft him 13th overall in the first round that year.

"When he came out in the draft, he was someone that, at the combine physical, had what I would say is not very uncommon -- an enlarged heart," Payton said. "(It's) something that a lot of the athletes that we see during the physicals have, but the one examination (this year) saw further concern. And that's why he hasn't been doing anything right now until we get a better feel for where he's at."

Fairley spent four seasons with the Lions before going playing for the Rams in 2015. He joined the Saints on a one-year deal in 2016 and had a career year that resulted in New Orleans rewarding him with a four-year, $28 million deal this March.

Fairley passed multiple physicals during the first six years of his career, but Payton indicated Thursday that Saints doctors suggested he see a specialist after his physical in March.

Payton said Fairley traveled "out east" to visit one specialist. He saw another in Houston and has since seen a third.

"The most important thing in our mind is his well-being," Payton said.

Payton also mentioned the importance of Fairley being confident in his health if he is cleared to return to football.

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Sucks.

Could you imagine playing at that level with this on your mind?

I hope he's healthy enough to continue enjoying every aspect of his life.
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The Detroit Lions also wasn't stupid enough to resign him to a multi million dollar contract.

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If Fairley can't play anymore, then I hope it won't affect him in life.

That being said, looking at the football aspect of it, why wasn't this considered before giving him a huge contract?
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If he can't play anymore are we on the hook for his entire contract? Could settlement be worked out?
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If Fairley can't play anymore, then I hope it won't affect him in life.

That being said, looking at the football aspect of it, why wasn't this considered before giving him a huge contract?
both good points
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If Fairley can't play anymore, then I hope it won't affect him in life.

That being said, looking at the football aspect of it, why wasn't this considered before giving him a huge contract?
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If he can't play anymore are we on the hook for his entire contract? Could settlement be worked out?
Hell no we won't be on the hook for it! There's no way. He'll have to pretty much retire at that point. Maybe the signing bonus. That's probably it.
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He'll get all of the guaranteed money as far as I know.
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Get healthy, stay and healthy
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