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06/27/17 - DT Nick Fairley was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list Monday because of a heart issue.
Fairley consulted with at least three specialists this offseason, with at least one suggesting that he no longer play football, Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this month.
Fairley inked a four-year contract worth $28 million with New Orleans in March, including an $8.5 million signing bonus and a total of $14 million in guarantees. The Saints are not required to pay Fairley his $1 million base salary this year because his injury was not related to football.
06/13/17 - As they began a three-day minicamp Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints were still waiting to learn the fate of DT Nick Fairley. Fairley has been dealing with a heart condition and the Saints were awaiting the results of an examination of a third doctor, who Fairley saw last week after getting mixed opinions about his future from two other physicians. "Nothing yet," Saints coach Sean Payton said Tuesday, when asked about Fairley. "I'm sure we'll hear something fairly soon." The 29-year-old Fairley, who had a solid season a year ago and earned a four-year, $30 million contract with an $8 million signing bonus this offseason, was told by the first doctor that he should retire before getting a second opinion that disagreed with the first. Fairley, a seven-year veteran, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before being drafted out of Auburn by the Detroit Lions in 2011. But a routine exam this offseason showed a change in his condition. Whenever the results of the latest examination come back, Fairley, his agent, Saints officials and the team's medical staff will look at all the evaluations before deciding on whether he returns to the field. "We'll weigh all of those things," Payton said. "We'll meet with him and his agent, and kind of weigh the three different opinions. I anticipate that being sooner than later."
06/08/17 - DT Nick Fairley is seeking a third opinion about whether he is able to continue playing football with a heart condition, coach Sean Payton said on Thursday. Fairley, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract in the offseason, had been away from organized team activities after medical tests revealed the issue. Payton told reporters that the 29-year-old Fairley's evaluation is "still ongoing." Fairley recorded 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 games with New Orleans last season. He has collected 170 tackles and 20.5 sacks in 77 career contests with the Saints, then-St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions since being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
10/26/16 - DT Nick Fairley did not practice Wednesday because of a non-injury related matter, but should play Sunday against the Seahawks.
10/20/16 - DT Nick Fairley didn't practice again Thursday, but his absence was not injury-related.