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Old 10-07-2017, 12:41 AM  
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Saints' interior defensive line rallies, adjusting well in absence of Nick Fairley

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints entered the regular season with a little unknown along the interior of the defensive line.

Nick Fairley, whom the Saints re-signed to a four-year deal in March, landed on the non-football illness list in June with a heart condition.

The Saints, however, haven't crumbled and first-year defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen believes the players have stepped up to compensate the loss of Fairley.

"Nick's a good player and it hurts anytime you lose a good player at any position," Nielsen said in a telephone interview. "I will say this -- when we found out the news on Nick, it was terrible and as a group the guys felt really bad. I think they've done a good job of trying to pick up the slack."

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