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98 Nick Fairley DT
Height/Weight: 6-4/308 | Birthdate: 1/23/1988 | Birthplace: Mobile, AL, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Auburn | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 3/0
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Nick Fairley appears unlikely to return Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who's been out since Week 8 with a knee injury, is not practicing this week. Fairley seems unlikely to return for Thursday's game against the Bears.

Report: Lions DT Nick Fairley set to miss Thanksgiving game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was unable to practice Tuesday and will miss Thursday's clash against Chicago in Week 12, the Detroit Free-Press reports. Fairley has been sidelined since Week 8 because of a knee injury.

Nick Fairley, Reggie Bush among Lions inactives Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Lions in Week 12 against the Patriots: Nick Fairley, Larry Webster, Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles, Larry Warford, Reggie Bush and Kellen Davis.

Probables dominate injury report posted by Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Lions are in good physical shape for their Sunday game against the Patriots aside from the ruled-out statuses of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford with knee problems.

Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) is questionable, but the rest of those on the injury report are probable, including star wideouts Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Golden Tate (hip). The rest are running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Brandon Pettigrew among Lions' inactives Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was declared inactive for Sunday's game at Arizona, and rookie tight end Eric Ebron will start instead. Also inactive for Detroit are running back Reggie Bush (ankle), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Lions enter Week 11 clash vs. Arizona relatively healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Outside of three players, the Lions enter Week 11 against Arizona relatively healthy. The team ruled out Nick Fairley (knee) and Larry Warford (knee) for Sunday. Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice all week and was labeled questionable.

Meanwhile, the following players practiced in full Friday and were deemed probable: Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle), James Ihedigbo (back), Calvin Johnson (ankle), Don Muhlbach (ankle), Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Devin Taylor (knee) and LaAdrian Waddle (knee).


Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria among Lions inactives for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The following players were labeled ruled for the Lions in Week 10 against Miami: Nick Fairley, Kellen Moore, Eric Ebron, Garrett Reynolds, Ryan Broyles, Larry Webster and Joseph Fauria.

Lions list final injury report for Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Lions have ruled Nick Fairley (knee) out for Sunday's game against Miami. Eric Ebron (hamstring) was ruled doubtful, while Joseph Fauria (ankle) and Brandon Pettigrew (foot) were both ruled questionable.

Meanwhile, Ezekiel Ansah (toe), Reggie Bush (ankle), Calvin Johnson (ankle), George Johnson (hamstring) and LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were each labeled probable.


Lions coach Caldwell: Nick Fairley's injury remains non-surgical


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell told reporters Friday that defensive tackle Nick Fairley's knee injury remains non-surgical at this point, according to the Detroit Free Press. ESPN reported earlier in the week that Fairley could miss approximately 4-5 weeks because of a sprained MCL and PCL, however, Caldwell disputed that report.

Fairley was stretchered off in Week 8 against the Falcons after posting 14 combined tackles and one forced fumble before the injury.


Lions still don't have timetable for Nick Fairley's return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday coming off Detroit's Week 9 bye that the team doesn't have a better idea of a timetable for defensive tackle Nick Fairley's return from a knee injury he suffered Week 8. An ESPN report speculated Fairley would miss 4-5 weeks due to a sprained MCL and PCL, but Caldwell disputed that report last week.

Lions' Caldwell disputes report Nick Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday the team doesn't have a timetable for defensive lineman Nick Fairley's return and disputes the ESPN report, which stated Fairley will miss 4-5 weeks due to a sprained MCL and PCL.

Caldwell added he is "not certain" if Fairley will return this season, but he hasn't been told either that he won't be back.


Lions DT Nick Fairley getting second opinion on knee


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who sustained a significant knee injury Sunday, will get a second opinion "in the coming days," reports MLive.com. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said in a radio interview that Fairley "won't be back quickly" but was unsure how long he'd be out.

ESPN.com reported Fairley sprained his MCL and PCL and won't return for at least a month.


Report: Lions DT Nick Fairley could return in 4-5 weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley sustained injuries to his MCL and PCL when his right knee buckled during Sunday's win over the Falcons, and the "hope is he's back in 4-5 weeks," reports ESPN.com. The team has not released results of Fairley's MRI or said how long he'll be out.

Report: Lions DL Nick Fairley scheduled for MRI Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday after injuring his knee during Sunday's game against the Falcons, according to The Oakland Press. He was injured when teammate Ndamukong Suh accidentally crashed into Fairley, which caused his right knee to buckle.

Lions DT Nick Fairley stretchered off with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley went down with a knee injury in Week 8 against the Falcons in London on Sunday. While chasing Matt Ryan, Ndamukong Suh accidentally crashed into Fairley, which caused his right knee to buckle.

He limped off to the sidelines and was eventually stretchered off for further evaluation. He was officially ruled out for the remainder of the game, per the team's officially website.


Report: DT Nick Fairley seeking long-term deal from Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Lions took a chance when they declined to exercise their option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley in 2015. Now he wants them to take another chance, this time in his favor. He wants them to sign him to a long-term contract, per MLive.com.

Fairley shed 20 poinds in the offseason and is playing well. Pro Football Focus ranks him the ninth-best defensive tackle in the NFL, just two spots behind premier tackle and teammate Ndamukong Suh. Fairley is in the final year of his contract and has expressed his desire to remain in Detroit.

"Of course I would love to come back," he said.

One reason the Lions refused to pick up his option was conditioning. Fairley fattened up to more than 320 pounds last season and was criticized for a perceived lack of effort in practice.


Lions keep all probables active in Week 5


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) All of the Lions listed as probable on Friday's final injury report are active for Week 5's matchup with the Bills, including defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), wide receiver Golden Tate (hamstring), safety Don Carey (hamstring), defensive end Devin Taylor (knee) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf).

Fairley should be good to go for his regular role, which includes playing about half of the team's defensive snaps. He recorded his first sack of the season in Week 4.


Lions list four as probable


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Lions have listed four players as probable for Week 5.

Don Carey, Nick Fairley, Devin Taylor and LaAdrian Waddle should all go during the contest. All four players were able to practice in full Friday. 


Lions DT Nick Fairley wearing wrap on knee Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was seen limping noticeably before practice, was involved in the media portion of the Wednesday session, according to the Detroit News. But he was wearing a wrap on his right knee and was clearly limited.

Fairley has started all four games this season and has contributed to nine tackles.


Report: Lions DT Nick Fairley limping Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley walked with a noticeable limp in the locker room Wednesday and declined to answer questions from the media, per the Detroit News.

Fairley has played through a biceps ailment in recent week, but there has been nothing to indicate any problems with his legs. He did manage his first sack of the season Sunday against the Jets.


Eight Lions ruled active for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The following players on the injury report were listed active for the Lions  in Week 4 against the Jets: Calvin Johnson (ankle), Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Joique Bell (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps), James Ihedigbo (neck), George Johnson (groin), Theo Riddick (hamstring) and Montell Owens (hamstring).

Lions release extensive injury report Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The questionable tag for premier wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) highlights a lengthy injury report issued Friday by the Lions.

Those ruled out are tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle). Safety Don Carey (hamstring) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) are doubtful.

Fullback Montell Owens (hamstring) is the lone questionable. The probables are defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and George Johnson (groin), running backs Joique Bell (knee) and Theo Riddick (hamstring), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and safety James Ihedigbo (neck).


Lions to have most of their injured players Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Lions will have most of their injured players available Week 3 against the Packers.

Ezekiel Ansah, Nick Fairley and George Johnson may have entered the week as questionable, but all three are active. The team will also have Joique Bell and Don Carey. Bell and Carey were listed as probable, so that shouldn't come as a surprise. 


Lions list seven from defense on injury report


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Lions defense is likely to be a bit shorthanded for Week 3 against the Packers, with three players expected to miss Sunday's game due to injuries.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and defensive back Cassius Vaughn (ankle) have been ruled out for Sunday's game, while safety James Ihedigbo (neck) is doubtful and seems likely to miss the game.

Additionally, defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah (knee), Nick Fairley (biceps) and George Johnson (groin) are considered questionable for the game, while safety Don Carey (hamstring) is probable. 


Nick Fairley returns to starting role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has regained his starting spot for the Monday season opener against the Giants, per the Detroit Free Press. He had been ousted in favor of C.J. Mosley.

The benching was considered a motivational tactic to inspire Fairley to work hard. It apparently paid off.