Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Monday that Nick Fairley’s heart condition, which spurred the Saints to put him on injured reserve, has been a difficult situation for the team.
“Obviously the time of the discovery wasn’t great for us, nor for him,” Loomis said. “But the most important thing is his health…. When the doctor says, ‘Look, you shouldn’t play,’ you shouldn’t play. That’s where we are at right now and that’s pretty much all we can say about it.”
Loomis joined The Times-Picayune’s columnists Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder’s daily radio show Dunc & Holder on 1280 AM Monday morning and discussed the team’s reaction to Fairley’s condition.
Fairley, who posted 43 tackles, nine for loss, 6.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits, saw at least three heart specialists after a team doctor noticed an irregularity with his heart at some point after the physical he took to sign his new contract in March.
Loomis said he couldn’t go into specifics of Fairley’s condition because of “his personal health information” but said that Fairley’s absence has been difficult for the team.
“He had really maybe his best season ever last year,” Loomis told Duncan and Holder. “We were counting on him and looking forward to having him on our team going forward. So this has been difficult.
“More difficult on him obviously than any of us, but it’s difficult on our team, too. Nick is well-liked, he’s a good teammate, a good player and not having him on our roster this year puts us in a little bit of a bind and it’s a difficult situation but we are mostly concerned about him.”
Loomis was asked if he thought there was any…
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