Countdown to New Orleans Saints kickoff: Sunday marks 98 days until the NFL’s opening weekend, so we’re 14 weeks away from football officially dominating our weeks and weekends again. Sure, we’re even closer to football returning with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots set to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sep. 7, and preseason is right around the corner – but the reality is that we’re 99 days until the New Orleans Saints return for their 2017 campaign.
To celebrate, we’re taking a look at the past and present Saints to dawn the black and gold jerseys. Players are listed in order of AV, or approximate value, which is PFR’s attempt to attach a single number to every player-season since 1960. We won’t highlight everyone, but take a look at the notable ones using this metric.
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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been away from the team’s organized team activities in recent weeks, sources with knowledge of Fairley’s situation have told NFL.com in recent days. His absence comes in light of medical tests that have put his NFL future in question, as Fox Sports’ Jennifer Hale reported.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the medical issue being tested is a heart condition that previously came up in Fairley’s pre-draft physical. The lineman has played with the condition for seven years in the league, Rapoport adds.
Fairley, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in March, visited a cardiologist last month and since then has been away from OTAs and out of communication with many of his teammates, sources say, adding that players who usually speak to Fairley on a regular basis have been unable to reach him.
The 15-year-old underwent surgery at the end of April after waiting 14 years to find a donor. Robertson was born with a chronic liver disease called biliary atresia that affects his physical growth. He became known to Saints NFL Game fans after players met him during a 2015 visit to the Ochsner Hospital for Children, and the team signed him to an honorary contract last October.