Sean Payton

Saints coach: Physician advises Fairley to give up football

Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley is seeing multiple heart specialists after one physician advised Fairley to stop playing football, Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday.

"Obviously, there's concern," Payton said. "But there isn't a final answer."

Payton says he hopes Fairley, who has been absent during recent voluntary offseason practices, can return to the Saints. But the coach said the 29-year-old defensive lineman also should be certain that continuing to play won't worsen a heart condition that he's had throughout his six-year NFL career.

"The most important thing right now in our mind is his well-being," Payton said. "To...