Saints' Fairley ruled out for 2017 because of heart symptoms

Beth Cruz
June 27, 2017

It does not appear Nick Fairley will play in 2017, and the future of his career is in jeopardy as well.

Fairley, 29, visited multiple doctors this offseason regarding his heart condition, and reports began surfacing earlier this month that his National Football League career could be in jeopardy.

Fairley's play helped him earn a four-year, $28 million extension in March.

Fairley, 29, missed the Saints' OTAs earlier this month and was officially placed on the team's reserve/non-football injury list on Monday. He racked up 43 tackles, nine for loss, 6.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits.

Saints coach Sean Payton has said at least one specialist recommended that Fairley give up football. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Monday's announcement could end the defensive tackle's career.


Fairley has played for three different teams since being drafted 13th overall in 2011.

Fairley joined the Saints last season after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2011 and spending a season with the St. Louis Rams.

Fairley sometimes struggled to meet expectations during his first five pro seasons. The New York Jets recently out Sheldon Richardson on the trade block, Richardson has been a solid player for the Jets but he has a character problem that might be too much for the Saints to go after him. They also have 2nd year DT David Onyemata and 3rd year DT Tyeler Davison.

Without Fairley, the Saints lose their most experienced interior lineman, with five of the six remaining options having played two seasons of less in the NFL.

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