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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%: 4/2
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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.


Nick Fairley: My eating habits have 'gotten in the way'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who's now on the second string, said his eating habits "have gotten in the way" the past couple weeks, reports the team's website. Fairley said he weighs 315 pounds and wants to play at 305.

Nick Fairley not a starter


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley remains on the second team this week in practice, coach Jim Caldwell told reporters. Fairley had started every game since Nov. 4, 2012, until he came off the bench last Friday against the Raiders.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Fairley weighs at least 320 pounds after reporting to minicamp in June at 295.


Nick Fairley gets six-month suspended sentence


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was given a six-month suspended sentence and one year of probation in a 2012 DUI and reckless driving case. It's unclear if the NFL will punish Fairley, who had six sacks and two fumble recoveries last year.

Nick Fairley out following unspecified 'procedure'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was not at OTAs on Tuesday after undergoing a procedure, coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit News without elaborating. Caldwell is unsure if Fairley will return for the end of OTAs.

"He’s got a medical issue he’s dealing with," Caldwell said. "He’ll be back as soon as he’s recovered."

One veteran told the paper that Fairley's procedure was minor and not football-related, the paper said.


Nick Fairley shows up, Ndamukong Suh doesn't


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley attended the first day of the team's voluntary conditioning program, while fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did not, reports MLive.com. With Detroit electing not to pick up Fairley's 2015 option, his presence Monday "is an early sign that the team's risky move has grabbed the defensive tackle's attention," the report said.

Suh's decision isn't big news, according to the website. "He's a workout warrior and consistently one of the league's best-conditioned players," the report said.


Lions won't pick up Nick Fairley's 2015 option


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told MLive.com the team won't exercise the $5.5 million option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley for 2015. The announcement was designed as motivation, with Mayhew saying he wants a "juiced up" Fairley this season.

Fairley did not control his weight late last year and finished with 36 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.


Big topic in Detroit: Nick Fairley's belly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is listed at 298 pounds, but he appeared to weigh at least 320 by season's end and "played with a sizeable belly," reports MLive.com. General manager Martin Mayhew has said he'd like Fairley to "reposition" some weight.

"As I told him, I'd like to see his commitment to the offseason program improve, and see him on a consistent basis," Mayhew told the website. "It's voluntary, but if he's not training with us, I'd like to see him training somewhere."

Detroit can start its offseason program April 7. Fairley is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and the team needs to decide whether to pick up his 2015 option.


Lions trying to get more out of Nick Fairley


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) New Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will look to maximize the potential of defensive tackle Nick Fairley, reports MLive.com. Fairley is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

"Our goal is we want to make sure we give our guys the opportunity to play the best that they can all the time," Austin told the website. "We have to figure out how we can motivate, how we can get him to do that. Whatever it is that touches him that makes him do that, that's what we have to find out.

"Obviously, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about all those things or do those things with Nick, but the time will come from that," he continued. "I think that, you know, we'll do whatever we can to try and help him be more successful because he can be a really dominant player. We just have to have him try and be a dominant player for 16 games. That's really our goal."


GM says Nick Fairley needs to be more consistent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Lions GM Martin Mayhew said DT Nick Fairley needs to be more consistent. 

The team has until May to decide whether they want to pick up Fairley's fifth-year option. Mayhew said he believes Fairley needs to mature a little as a professional. He said that was the key to Fairley playing more consistently. 


Lions want Nick Fairley to mature, change physique


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said defensive tackle Nick Fairley needs "to mature a little bit as a professional," reports MLive.com. Mayhew added that Fairley, who's listed at 298 pounds but looked heavier by season's end, would improve if he altered his physique.

"I wouldn't say his weight is too high," Mayhew said. "He could probably re-position some of that weight."

Fairley had 35 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a safety in 15 games this season. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal after being drafted 13th overall in 2011.


Lions OK with Nick Fairley's shape


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) Lions large defensive tackle Nick Fairley is listed at 298 pounds but is likely closer to 306, MLive.com reports. That said, the Lions don't believe Fairley is unhealthy or too large.

Fairley had a good start to the season when he had 1 1/2 sacks againts Minnesota. He hurt his shoulder in that game, however, and hasn't been the same since. Still, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham doesn't believe it has anything to do with weight or conditioning.

"He got hurt a little bit, and this last week he got better," Cunningham said. "He's had a really good week of practice, so I think everything will be OK.

"I see his strength on the field and he looks a lot stronger again, so I think he'll be ready to go."

Cunningham said that the team checks Fairley's weight every Friday and has been satisfied by the results. He's remained consistent at this current weight.

"Nick's got a body that is old-school football," Cunningham said. "There's a whole bunch of guys in the (practice facility) hallway with their pictures up there -- those guys all looked like that. There's nothing that's ever going to change with his body, but he's strong. There's no question about that. He's fast, and he just needs to get back into the groove. And I hope this is the week."


Nick Fairley has a tackle


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2013) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley had one tackle in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Packers. 

Fairley and the Lions travel to Cleveland to play the Browns in Week 6. 


Nick Fairley starting for Lions


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley (shoulder) is active for Week 3 at Washington. Fairley was questionable on the injury report but won't miss time for Detroit against the Redskins. 

Nick Fairley questionable for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley (shoulder) was able to practice on a limited basis each day this week, and is officially questionable for Week 3 against the Redskins. Fairley is looking to return to the field after missing last week's game. 

Nick Fairley back at practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley returned to practice Wednesday after missing the Week 2 loss in Arizona with a shoulder injury, reports the Free Press. Fairley had 1 1/2 sacks in the opener and played the run well.

Nick Fairley day-to-day with shoulder injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who missed the Week 2 loss to the Cardinals, is day-to-day with a shoulder injury, coach Jim Schwartz told ESPN.com. Fairley appears to have a good chance of playing Sunday at Washington. 

Fairley had five tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in the opener.