Saints' Fairley ruled out for 2017 because of heart symptoms

Saints Lineman Nick Fairley Out For The Year With Heart Condition

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

Fairley's heart issues can be traced back to the 2011 NFL Combine.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley had a career-best 6½ sacks for the Saints last season, after which he signed a four-year extension worth up to $28 million. It was reported June 10 that a red flag was raised after physical examinations by Saints doctors and at least one heart specialist, all agreeing things changed over a 12-month period.

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Fairley, who missed organized team activities and minicamp this spring, visited one specialist in Boston who told him he shouldn't play football any more. He racked up 43 tackles, nine for loss, 6.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Monday's announcement could end the defensive tackle's career.

It's particularly frustrating considering Fairley worked his butt off a year ago and had one of his best seasons as a professional. But now the future of Fairley with the Saints and his future in the National Football League are all on hold with Nick being shelved for the 2017 season. "The second opinion was a little different, and he's getting a third opinion or he's already gotten a third opinion, we're waiting on that opinion". After consulting multiple doctors, the Saints placed him on the NFI. They also have 2nd year DT David Onyemata and 3rd year DT Tyeler Davison.

Fairley, a 6-4, 308-pound native of Mobile and product of Auburn University, is a six-year veteran of the National Football League who has played in 77 regular season games, making 170 tackles (113 solo and 57 assists), 20.5 sacks, three passes defensed and registered one career safety.

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