Payton said National Football League teams have been aware that the 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley had an enlarged heart since before he was drafted.
Now it seems that expectations have yet again been lowered, as most people figure that Peterson will merely be a role player on his new squad in New Orleans. A couple of Fairley's fellow defensive linemen said they hope Fairley is focused on his health over football at the moment.
"Right now, where it's at is that he's gotten two professional opinions", Payton said, per the New Orleans Advocate. "The most important thing right now in our mind is his well-being". "To play this game, there's a little bit of mental toughness involved, obviously".
"Clearly, it's something that everyone has paid attention to", Payton said.
"I want to make sure, if in fact he is playing again, that he is playing with full confidence that he is healthy to play and that nothing severe would come of him playing", Payton said. "So we're hopeful and yet we're guarded because of the type of condition that we're talking about". "There's ongoing change. The one report or examination indicated some change that was concerning".
Payton explained that the latest "alerts" over Fairley's heart arose during his physical examination around the time he signed his new deal.
"We're just looking for him to come back and continue building on what he did for us previous year", defensive end Cam Jordan said.
"I'd be lying to you to say it doesn't give me a chip (on my shoulder)", Peterson said. "Last year I sat next to him in meetings".
Following the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, outside an Ariana Grande concert, a few Saints players said they were thinking about the safety of their upcoming trip overseas, though the same guys said they trust to National Football League to take necessary security measures. "And if we can get back to the field together, we're going to cause more havoc". "So obviously prayers go out to him, whatever he's dealing with".