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Saints’ Nick Fairley absent from OTAs due to serious medical issue, report says

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This isn’t good news for Nick Fairley or the Saints. A Saturday evening report says that Fairley has some heart trouble that could jeopardize the future of his career.

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According to FOX Sports reporter Jennifer Hale, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been absent from OTAs because of medical issues. Hale further reports that it’s specifically heart trouble, and that it could jeopardize the future of his career.

Unfortunately, this isn’t good news, and Hale isn’t the only one to hear about this. The Advocate’s Nick Underhill has also heard similar reports on Fairley, and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo has stated that teammates have not been able to get in touch with the veteran.

After shining last season on essentially a one-year ‘prove it’ type of deal, Fairley was rewarded with a big contract extension in early March worth $28 million. The four-year deal included an $8 million signing bonus. It would be a huge loss for the Saints interior line, who saw a big boost with Fairley in the mix. Of course, once we know more we’ll pass it along.