Nick Fairley's future in question thanks to heart condition
- New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley has reportedly been diagnosed with a heart condition. Fairley has played with the condition throughout his career, but the former first-round pick’s condition is now serious enough that there are concerns about the future of his career.
- Fairley signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March. He finished 2016 with a pass-rush productivity (PRP measures pressure created on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks) of 8.1, which ranked him seventh among defensive tackles with 100 or more pass-rushing snaps.
- He amassed seven sacks, which ranked fourth among all interior defensive linemen in the league. His run-stop percentage of 7.9 percent ranked 14th of 37 defensive tackles with at least 200 run-defense snaps.
- Fairley achieved the highest grade (88.5) of his career while playing in Detroit in 2012. That year he ranked second among DTs with at least 100 pass-rush snaps in pass-rush productivity. In 2014 his pass-rush productivity of 10.1 saw him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the league.
- The Saints will hope Fairley will be cleared to get back to work, after a season where they ranked 27th in total defense in the NFL.