Mickey Loomis on Nick Fairley: This has been difficult

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After several visits with doctors to hear opinions about defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s heart condition, the Saints made the call to put Fairley on the non-football illness list late last month.

General Manager Mickey Loomis didn’t delve into the details of the condition as they are for Fairley to disclose, but that it was the team’s feeling “you shouldn’t play” based on the information they got from doctors. The end result is that Fairley will not play for the Saints in 2017, which wasn’t what the team had in mind after re-signing Fairley to a four-year deal after he turned in an impressive performance last year.

“He had really maybe his best season ever last year,” Loomis told Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder on Sports 1280, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We were counting on him and looking forward to having him on our team going forward. So this has been difficult. More difficult on him obviously than any of us, but it’s difficult on our team, too. Nick is well-liked, he’s a good teammate, a good player and not having him on our roster this year puts us in a little bit of a bind and it’s a difficult situation but we are mostly concerned about him.”

The Saints appear set to move into training camp with the other defensive tackles that were already on hand, although a trade and/or waiver claim could become a possibility as rosters start to solidify around the league.

4 responses to “Mickey Loomis on Nick Fairley: This has been difficult

  1. As a Lions fan who watched his team waste the 13th overall pick on a guy who was fat and lazy and constantly mailing it in I really don’t feel bad for him. It wasn’t that he didn’t have the talent it was that he just didn’t care and that was very obvious. I’m sure he still has plenty of the money that he basically stole from us and I’m sure he also has great medical insurance so he’ll be just fine.

  2. spartanlegend says:
    Jul 17, 2017 3:53 PM
    As a Lions fan who watched his team waste the 13th overall pick on a guy who was fat and lazy and constantly mailing it in I really don’t feel bad for him. It wasn’t that he didn’t have the talent it was that he just didn’t care and that was very obvious. I’m sure he still has plenty of the money that he basically stole from us and I’m sure he also has great medical insurance so he’ll be just fine.

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    That’s the precise amount of class to be expected from a Michigan state fan.

  3. That’s the precise amount of class to be expected from a Michigan state fan.

    I always have to laugh at the idiocy of people who generalize entire groups of people in that manner but I’ll just assume you’re a wolverine who’s a little bit salty about what we’ve being doing to you in football and basketball for the last decade and leave it at that. Have a great day and don’t forget to tune in to watch our preseason#1 basketball team this season

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