Report: Saints’ Nick Fairley has career-threatening heart condition

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Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley has missed Organized Team Activities this week, reportedly because of a potentially serious health concern.

Jennifer Hale‏ of FOX Sports reports that Fairley underwent tests that show heart trouble that could jeopardize his career. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network adds that teammates who speak to Fairley regularly haven’t been able to get in touch with him recently.

Fairley is coming off a strong 2016 season, which the Saints rewarded this offseason with a four-year, $28 million contract.

A first-round draft pick of the Lions in 2011, Fairley played four years in Detroit and one in St. Louis before signing with the Saints last year.

21 responses to “Report: Saints’ Nick Fairley has career-threatening heart condition

  1. I feel for him. Whether accurate or not, since he declared for the draft people have constantly asked questions about his commitment/passion/motivation. His stats suggest he has always played hard.

    Stinks that when he gets his first lucrative deal this happens

  2. life long lions fan here, Suh repeatedly told news medias that nick was more talented then he was. Wish we could’ve seen him at full potential. Godspeed nick. We are still fans of yours in Detroit.

  3. Honestly not sure why the Lions let him slip away. Oh I know, the same reason Barry hung up his cleats. The Lions get rid of all the good guys they draft

  4. mazenblue says:
    Jun 3, 2017 9:09 PM
    Honestly not sure why the Lions let him slip away. Oh I know, the same reason Barry hung up his cleats. The Lions get rid of all the good guys they draft

    Mayhew. Hello?

  5. Nick Fairly was overweight and didn’t play hard consistently. He was a wasted draft pick. The Lions didn’t lose by letting him go. He went to the Rams and signed for less than $5 million. He then went to the Saints and signed for $3.2 million. Anybody else notice a downward trend?

  6. I wish him the best. As an Auburn alum, I will always be a fan. He was the 2nd most important player on the National Championship team. He carried that defense. Hopefully it all works out for him.

  7. I feel bad for the guy, but as for his playing ability, I saw him play against the Packers many times when he was with the Lions and he was never much of a factor.
    Suh was the guy they had to worry about because he would stomp on you, kick you, or do something else that was dirty.
    I hope Fairley retires and lives a long life.

  8. lingsun54 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 10:24 PM
    Nick Fairly was overweight and didn’t play hard consistently. He was a wasted draft pick. The Lions didn’t lose by letting him go. He went to the Rams and signed for less than $5 million. He then went to the Saints and signed for $3.2 million. Anybody else notice a downward trend?

    Hope people are as kind to you when you have an health condition.

  9. Prayers for Nick and is family! As much as we SAINTS fans love him on the field- health and family come first!

  10. By far the most important thing is his health, but can somebody with access to the actual details in his contract confirm if there is some sort of offset language in there related to this pre-existing condition that is not football related.

    Not to be morbid, his health is #1 for sure, but if there is non-football “injury” offset language in regard to his signing bonus that is a major football question.

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