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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
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ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency.
Suh's upcoming titanic contract is going to shape the entire Lions' offseason. If they retain him -- either via a long-term deal or franchise/transition tag -- they'll have to let players like Fairley go. That would sting, but the defense showed this year they can play at a very high level without him. Fairley appeared in just eight games this season, making 14 tackles with one sack. Jan 12 - 10:03 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Free agent DT Nick Fairley said Monday that he plans to test the open market.

Fairley said he'd "like to come back and play in Detroit next year and beyond," but he'll "have to see how free agency goes." Fairley missed the second half of the 2014 season with a knee injury, but will be a hot commodity when free agency opens in March. He is a difference-maker on the interior line.
Jan 5 - 1:54 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is inactive for the Wild Card Round against the Cowboys.

Fairley remains week to week, with an outside shot at suiting up for a potential Divisional Round appearance. Also inactive for the Lions are RG Larry Warford, QB Kellen Moore, WR Ryan Broyles, DE Larry Webster, DT Caraun Reid and CB Josh Thomas. Travis Swanson is taking Warford's place at right guard.
Jan 4 - 3:06 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) is listed as doubtful for the Wild Card Round.

He won't play against the Cowboys, but might play in the Divisional Round if Detroit pulls an upset Sunday night. Fairley was "limited" in Thursday and Friday's practices. He's still not in football shape after an eight-game absence.
Jan 2 - 4:02 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) revealed Thursday that he's down to 290 pounds.

Fairley's weight has been a point of contention since the Lions drafted him. He's in good shape now, but not quite "football shape" after missing the second half of the season with a knee injury. Fairley has a chance to return for the Divisional Round. Lions DC Teryl Austin conceded on Thursday that Fairley would need a "miracle" to play on Sunday against the Cowboys.
Jan 1 - 2:50 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) will not play in Sunday's Wild Card game at Dallas.

Fairley has been out since Week 8. There's reportedly a chance he can return if the Lions advance, but he'd be a bit player after being out for so long. Fairley did participate in Thursday's practice, his first session since going down on Oct. 26.
Jan 1 - 11:36 AM

Lions declared DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, CB Josh Thomas, OG Rodney Austin, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles and DT Caraun Reid inactive for Week 17 against the Packers.

Fairley remains week to week, but apparently has a shot at being ready for the Wild Card round. The Lions are otherwise healthy as they try to win the NFC North in Green Bay.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 02:59:00 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) may be able to return if the Lions are forced to play in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

A loss on Sunday would force the Lions to play a first-round game in Dallas. Fairley has ramped up his workout routine recently and could conceivably return to practice in time to face the Cowboys. The best case scenario for Detroit would be to win against the Packers, earn a first-round bye and get Fairley back for the Divisional Round.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Lions declared DT Nick Fairley (knee) inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game at Chicago.

Fairley has been sidelined since Week 8 and could be done for the season. The Lions' defense hasn't missed a beat thanks in large part to their exceptional depth up front, and remain a top-shelf D/ST option against Jimmy Clausen Sunday. The rest of the Lions inactives: QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles, CB Mohammed Seisay, DT Caraun Reid, OL Rodney Austin.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Lions DT Nick Fairley has rejected a plea deal in his 2012 DUI case, and will go to trial in February.

Quite the saga. It's still possible the sides come to an agreement before Fairley's trial date. Out indefinitely with a knee injury, it remains unclear if Fairley will play again this season. The No. 13 overall pick of the 2011 draft is headed to free agency.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 05:52:00 PM

The Lions remain uncertain if Nick Fairley (knee) will return this season.

"Same thing I said a few weeks ago, I'm not real certain, to be honest with you," coach Jim Caldwell said of Fairley's status on Monday. The fact that the Lions have held Fairley off injured reserve is a sign they do in fact see light at the end of the tunnel, but it's possible he won't be ready before the postseason. Detroit's defense has remained effective without Fairley's presence in the middle, but hasn't been as dominant.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 01:58:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team doesn't have a timetable for DT Nick Fairley (knee) to return.

It conflicts with an earlier report that listed Fairley's timetable at 4-5 weeks. Caldwell said he's "not certain" if Fairley will return this year, but hasn't been told that he won't. Fairley should be considered out indefinitely, with an outside chance of returning late in the season for a playoff push. C.J. Mosley will replace Fairley next to Ndamukong Suh when he returns from suspension, with Caraun Reid playing in a situational role.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:17:00 AM

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reports Lions DT Nick Fairley sprained his MCL and PCL and will be sidelined 4-5 weeks.

We'd call that good news after SI's Peter King offered a grim report earlier Monday morning, hinting it could be a season-ender. The Lions will hope to get Fairley back for the stretch run and in time for a playoff push. It's also good news for Fairley on a personal level, as he's in a contract year and could ill-afford a lengthy rehab. In the meantime, the Lions will turn to C.J. Mosley and Caraun Reid next to Ndamukong Suh.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 06:33:00 PM

SI's Peter King is hearing the knee injury Lions DT Nick Fairley sustained Sunday is "bad."

Fairley's leg folded awkwardly under him after a collision with teammate Ndamukong Suh during the wild win in London. A Monday MRI will have the final word. Fairley, in the final year of his rookie contract, was a top-10 defensive tackle through the first eight weeks according to PFF's grades.
Source: SI.com
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 08:30:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell was not optimistic about Nick Fairley's knee injury following the Lions' Week 8 win over the Falcons.

"I'm not quite certain where he is right now," said Caldwell, "but obviously, when you're carried off the field, it's not the greatest news. We'll see what the doctors say about him." Fairley's right leg folded awkwardly under him after taking a hit from teammate Ndamukong Suh. Fairley had to be helped off the field, and was pointing to the inside of his knee on the bench. He could be out for a while. Fairley is in the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 02:27:00 PM

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