The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that they have placed defensive tackle Nick Fairley on the reserve/non-football illness list, ruling him out for the 2017 season and placing his career in jeopardy.

Fairley was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the National Football League as a first-round draft pick in 2011 - which Payton said is not all that uncommon.

After his solid season the Saints inked Fairley to a four-year 28 million dollar contract.

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Fairley visited a cardiologist last month and since then has been away from OTAs and out of communication with many of his teammates. Rankins accounted for 20 total tackles and 4.0 sacks last season, numbers that lead the Saints' available defensive linemen. This could jeopardize Fairleys career with the Saints and the NFL.

Neither the Saints nor Fairley or his representatives have commented on the decision. He has been playing his whole National Football League career with an enlarged heart, which can be caused by health problems of varying severity.

The move means the six-year veteran of the NFL will not play in the 2017 football 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". The New York Jets recently out Sheldon Richardson on the trade block, Richardson has been a solid player for the Jets but he has a character problem that might be too much for the Saints to go after him. He spent his first four seasons with the Detroit Lions.


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