Saints place Nick Fairley on non-football illness list

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 27, 2017

On Monday, Nick Fairley got some very tough news when the New Orleans Saints placed him on the NFI list due to a heart condition that could force him to retire.

The 29-year-old was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the National Football League as a first-round draft pick with the Detroit Lions in 2011. He has been playing his whole National Football League career with an enlarged heart, which can be caused by health problems of varying severity.

The upcoming season is the least of Fairley's career concerns.

It looks like the consensus is that it is better for Fairley to put his career on hold. After high school, he went to Auburn University and was an All-American. The question now is if the defensive tackle - once drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2011 - will ever play again. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2011 before joining the Saints past year. He was able to play alongside Ndamukong Suh while he honed his skills. The Saints took a play well and we will pay you later approach with Nick and it panned out well for both parties. He had 29 combined tackles, but just.5 sacks.

It's particularly frustrating considering Fairley worked his butt off previous year and had one of his best seasons as a professional.

Fairley signed a 4-year, $30 million contract extension with the Saints earlier this offseason. However, a doctor has said that his career should not continue, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton. "But I'm sure they are also looking around to see which players may be available or even some that might become available and if the Saints might try and add some more players at the position".

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