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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (13) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Rams placed DT Nick Fairley on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.
Doug Worthington (thigh) has also been sent to I.R. Fairley went down early in last week's win over the Seahawks. Fairley was a part-time player this season, playing only 427 snaps, but was highly effective. Headed back to free agency, he'll generate plenty of interest. Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:10:00 PM

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The Rams are concerned about DT Nick Fairley being underweight.

Fairley has a history of conditioning issues, but needs to bulk up after dropping to 280 pounds this offseason. "Nick’s changed his lifestyle, changed his diet," coach Jeff Fisher said. "We’re trying to get some weight back on him. He’s worked hard the last couple of weeks." Fairley's role will be to rush the passer in sub-packages. He shouldn't be heavier than 290 or so.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 06:10:00 PM

New Rams DT Nick Fairley says he's down to 280 pounds, and will actually work to put weight on before the season.

Fairley's weight was a constant issue during his four years in Detroit, but he had it mostly under control for 2014. Fairley's Combine weigh in was 291 pounds. That's probably the area the Rams will want him in for 2015.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Rams signed DT Nick Fairley, formerly of the Lions, to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The Rams have arguably the deepest defensive line in the league, loaded with five former first-round picks in Fairley, 2014 DROY Aaron Donald, DT Michael Brockers, RE Robert Quinn, and LE Chris Long. Fairley will slide in behind starters Brockers and Donald, but should be a fixture on passing downs, replacing Brockers next to Donald. This front-four is downright scary.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley will visit the Rams on Thursday.

Imagine if the Rams added Fairley to their already-dominant defensive line. In St. Louis, Fairley would form a three-headed monster at defensive tackle with 2012 first-rounder Michael Brockers and last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald. Fairley left his visit with the Bengals on Wednesday.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 09:41:00 AM

The Rams have reached out to free agent DT Nick Fairley.

The addition of Fairley would make St. Louis' defensive line even nastier than it already is, upgrading the rotational talent behind starters Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. Brockers leaves the field on many passing downs, which is where Fairley would fit in. Fairley is also on the Bengals' radar.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 02:37:00 PM

The Lions have begun informing agents around the NFL that they're out of the mix for free agent Nick Fairley.

One year after declining Fairley's 2015 option, the Lions appear to be washing their hands of the 2011 top-15 draft pick. Although Fairley has been a difference maker on the field when healthy, the Lions have special insight into him and must believe he isn't worth the trouble. Fairley will visit the Bengals today. He's the top interior D-Lineman left in free agency.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley will visit the Bengals Wednesday.

It's been eerily quiet on the Fairley front, but we'd argue that no free agent left on the board has more upside. If he can get his conditioning right and knee under control, he has the ability to be a major disruption from the interior.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Lions are still trying to re-sign DT Nick Fairley, but that he's "got some interest elsewhere."

The Lions badly need to keep Fairley after rolling the dice on Ndamukong Suh hitting the market. Fairley is Rotoworld's top rated remaining interior lineman.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 01:27:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions have turned their attention to re-signing free agent DT Nick Fairley.

Beat writer Dave Birkett expects Ndamukong Suh to leave Detroit, with Fairley and a nose tackle as the Lions' most likely defensive tackle combination this season. Fairley will probably command around $5 million per year. The Lions, like many other teams, are "plenty worried" about Fairley's "health history."
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 09:32:00 AM

The Lions met with the player rep for free agent DT Nick Fairley at the Combine and came away believing the discussion was "very positive."

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Lions "expressed interest" in keeping Fairley. It's fair to wonder if retaining Fairley might cost Detroit free agent Ndamukong Suh. It's also fair to wonder if meeting Fairley's price tag would be a more sound financial investment than breaking the bank for Suh.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 06:40:00 PM

The Lions met with free agent DT Nick Fairley's player rep at the Combine.

Fairley could be a fallback option if the Lions fail to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, but remains a long shot to return in Detroit. Fairley is Rotoworld's No. 2 free-agent defensive lineman.
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley was found not guilty of DUI on Friday.

After a grueling three-day trial -- most DUI trials take an hour at most -- Fairley was absolved of the charges. He was only found guilty of reckless driving, which is a traffic ticket. It's a nice development before Fairley enters free agency. He just turned 26 and should land a lucrative deal.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 02:42:00 PM openly wonders if the team can "trust" free agent DT Nick Fairley.

The No. 13 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Fairley's four years in Detroit have been marred by weight woes, injuries and off-the-field issues. In between was some decent football, but nothing resembling consistency. Fairley insists his weight problems are behind him after he hired a personal chef, but he obviously hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt. The Detroit Free Press considers Fairley a "long shot" to return to Detroit.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 04:02:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett considers free agent DT Nick Fairley a "long shot" to return to the Lions.

27-year-old Fairley presumably wore out his welcome due to large weight fluctuations and inconsistent on-field performance. He's still going to generate a ton of interest on the open market. When on his game, Fairley is very difficult to block, particularly when operating as a pass rusher.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015 02:09:00 PM

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