Fairley played the past six National Football League seasons with an enlarged heart, a condition diagnosed during a routine physical exam at the National Football League combine prior to the 2011 draft.
"The first one was one that advised that he shouldn't play football again", Payton said.More news: Will Senate GOP healthcare bill get enough votes?
Fairley was diagnosed with a heart condition this off-season, shortly after signing a four-year, $28 million contract with New Orleans. "The second opinion was a little different, and he's getting a third opinion or he's already gotten a third opinion, we're waiting on that opinion".
The Saints' doctors recommended that Fairley see a specialist after he underwent his physical in March. It remains unclear if they will be required to pay out all of his signing bonus and/or guarantees.
It's also possible that the two sides could negotiate a settlement if Fairley wants to be released and pursue playing for another team - though it's unclear if Fairley will consider that.