Saints looking at ways to recoup guaranteed money owed to Nick Fairley

Alex Okafor waits to see where the ball goes before making his next move. Josh Katzenstein

Alex Okafor waits to see where the ball goes before making his next move. Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says Nick Fairley has been placed on the team's non-football illness list, meaning the starting defensive tackle won't play this season.

Fairley was initially diagnosed with a heart condition at the combine but he went on to play seven years in the NFL.

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

The Saints placed the veteran defensive lineman on the non-football injury list Monday. He racked up 43 tackles, nine for loss, 6.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits.

In discussing Fairley's condition during OTAs, coach Sean Payton said the team was hopeful yet guarded about his future.


The Saints' move Monday sidelines Fairley only for 2017. He signed with the Saints last offseason after spending four seasons with the Detroit Lions and another with the St. Louis Rams.

It's particularly frustrating considering Fairley worked his butt off past year and had one of his best seasons as a professional. Fairley learned a few month ago that a Red Flag was raised on his heart after a health examine. "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".

With Fairley out, the Saints will lean on Sheldon Rankins, David Onyemata and Tyeler Davison as their top interior defenders. And Fairley has played for three different teams over six National Football League seasons, passing physicals with all of them.

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