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Nick Fairly not at OTAs, concern about heart condition
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domepatrol91


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MWil23 wrote:
He's getting a 2nd opinion, but the first doctor recommended retirement effective immediately.
3rd actually. 1st told him he shouldn't play football again, 2nd told him he should be able to finish out his career, now he's going in for a 3rd.

If there's any question, he should just retire. It's not worth risking your life cause a doctor "thinks" you "should" be able to play the rest of your career, that's a lot of unknowns when it comes to heart health.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think he's getting a 3rd opinion. The subtext here is the second doctor disagreed with the first one.


Yup and that's fairly typical. You can always keep shopping till you find a Doc that sees things the way you want them to. And since each case is unique, none of the medical "opinions" are demonstrably wrong. Still so much we don't know about medicine and you're asking them to predict an uncertain future.

Same thing happens with the head & neck injuries.
Packers Jermichael Finley shopped around till he found an MD to clear him, but none of the NFL docs would - so he had to retire.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

domepatrol91 wrote:


If there's any question, he should just retire. It's not worth risking your life cause a doctor "thinks" you "should" be able to play the rest of your career, that's a lot of unknowns when it comes to heart health.


Absolutely.

Most of you guys are too young to remember Hank Gathers, but he's definitely the "best/worst" example. The definition of tragic.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can't blame a guy for wanting to put his health first. If there is a risk, I hope he does the smart thing and retires.


You think the Saints would allow him to play? I guess he'd be entitled to his guarantees but its a hairy situation for sure
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Shanedorf wrote:
cddolphin wrote:

I think he's getting a 3rd opinion. The subtext here is the second doctor disagreed with the first one.


Yup and that's fairly typical. You can always keep shopping till you find a Doc that sees things the way you want them to. And since each case is unique, none of the medical "opinions" are demonstrably wrong. Still so much we don't know about medicine and you're asking them to predict an uncertain future.

Same thing happens with the head & neck injuries.
Packers Jermichael Finley shopped around till he found an MD to clear him, but none of the NFL docs would - so he had to retire.


Oh come on, you forced that pun
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fairley placed on reserve/non-football illness list; not playing football this season and unlikely to continue his career

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/26/saints-place-nick-fairley-on-non-football-illness-list/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saintsfan#1 wrote:
Fairley placed on reserve/non-football illness list; not playing football this season and unlikely to continue his career

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/26/saints-place-nick-fairley-on-non-football-illness-list/


Considering the influx of players retiring much earlier for more trivial injuries, I'd say he's done.
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JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
TheKillerNacho wrote:
Can't blame a guy for wanting to put his health first. If there is a risk, I hope he does the smart thing and retires.


You think the Saints would allow him to play? I guess he'd be entitled to his guarantees but its a hairy situation for sure
Most likely thing to happen now is even if Fairley gets the ok from a doctor he finds, no NFL team will clear him to play. It's going to sound cold but taking the human element out of it for a second, the horrible PR if a team would clear and play Fairley and he ends up having his heart fail, that alone will keep teams from taking the risk.
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I always thought Fairley was underrated. Dude would have gotten more attention if it wasn't for Sue during his Detroit years. Wish him the best.

From I sarcastic point of view I'm starting to wonder how many injuries it's going to take for Payton and Loomis to get a pass on another poor year. They haven't been avoiding players with injury problems in the past and seem to keep doing this (Anzalone, Kikaha etc). One could almost say they're coasting for an easy check...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Saints took such drastic action, my instinct is it's for good reason even if Fairley disagrees with it. No NFL team wants to deal with the risk of a player literally dying on a football field. And he may never get another team to give him the nod again.

And honestly, he should want to quit at this point.

Put your health first, Nick. You had a decent run. No one will blame you for walking away... your life is worth more than football.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He should enjoy retirement and the money he's made. Spend some time with the family, maybe start one of his own. No job is worth risking your life for, no matter how much you might love it.
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