Saints' Fairley ruled out for 2017 because of heart symptoms

Kristopher Nichols
June 27, 2017

According to Ian Rapoport of, the New Orleans Saints' Nick Fairley's season is over before it can even begin.

Before the Lions selected Fairley in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, doctors discovered his enlarged heart and, per protocol, he's had regular heart checkups throughout his professional career.

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"The things we know are this: It's obviously something significant and serious that we've got to play attention to, obviously both for Nick and for the club", Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month. Fairley had been away from OTAs dealing with the condition. "The second opinion was a little different, and he's. already gotten a third opinion". It's unclear if Fairley agrees with the Saints' decision to place him on the non-football injury list or whether he intends to continue trying to play.

The Saints' move Monday sidelines Fairley only for 2017. He had just recorded his best season as a pro, totaling 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks, and as a result signed a four-year, $28 million extension. It remains unclear if they will be required to pay out all of his signing bonus and/or guarantees.

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