The Jets cut ties with veteran linebacker David Harris on Tuesday, and the team said a few hours later that wideout Eric Decker will be next. The New York franchise has also lost several Pro Bowl players in the last year or so, including Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Ryan Clady, Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Brandon Marshall.
He’s played six years in the NFL and, though his play has been inconsistent and he’s missed time because of injuries, his medical issues have not been heart-related.
Fairley left the Lions after four seasons to sign with the Rams in 2015, but finished the year on injured reserve. He signed a one-year contract with the Saints last year and started all 16 games while posting a career-high 6 1/2 sacks. The Saints rewarded him with a four-year, $28 million contract in March.
Payton said that because Fairley had a pre-existing condition, it’s common to “keep track of it” with regular follow-up examinations.
“When he came out in the draft, he was someone that at the combine physical had what is not very uncommon,” Payton said. “An enlarged heart is something a lot of the athletes we see in the physicals have.
“The one examination saw further concern and that’s why he hasn’t been doing anything right now until we get a better feel of where he’s at. We’re hoping, we’re obviously wanting to get every experts’ eyes on this study and examination. I’m sure Nick and his agent feel the same way, but it’s challenging.
“The most important thing right now is his well-being,” Payton added. “I want to make sure that if he’s playing again, that he’s playing with full confidence, that he’s Cheap Youth Jerseys healthy Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys to play and nothing severe would come from him playing. That’s why he’s not been here.”