Nick Fairley RUMORS & NEWS

  • Detroit Lions' Nick Fairley, checking in at 299 pounds, seems to have put weight issues behind him

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley faced all kinds of questions when he snacked his way past 320 pounds during training camp and lost his spot in the starting lineup. Five weeks into the season, he's being asked something different altogether. Something he's probably never been asked in his adult life. Is he in..." October 09

  • Detroit Lions like how Nick Fairley responds to benching

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell drew a line in the sand — or across the buffet table as it were — and he benched defensive tackle Nick Fairley during the preseason. There were reports that Fairley weighed too much and was not working hard enough. So Caldwell responded. It was an..." September 19

  • Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. He admitted to gaining weight since training camp, up to 315 pounds despite thinking his ideal weight is 305. He didn’t think the idea..." August 21

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Fairley said his eating habits have gotten in the way the last couple weeks. He says he's at 315 and wants to be 305.

  • Lions coach: DT Fairley on the 'second team'

    ESPN.com "A week ago, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into the fact that Nick Fairley wasn't working with the starters during practice. Now, he's declaring that Fairley, the defensive tackle who was Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, is definitively working with the second..." August 18

  • Nick Fairley in the doghouse, replaced by C.J. Mosley on Detroit Lions' defensive line

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley's demotion to the second-team defense continued Tuesday when the Detroit Lions took the field for a late-night practice. Veteran C.J. Mosley took Fairley's usual spot alongside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Fairley was coupled with Andre Fluellen on the second team. It's..." August 13

  • Lions asked Nick Fairley to lose weight, but 295 is too skinny

    Pro Football Talk "Not many people who weigh 295 pounds are told that they need to gain weight, but Nick Fairley is not like most people. Fairley, the Lions defensive tackle who was told by the team that he needed to lose weight this offseason, took his conditioning seriously — and even took the weight-loss thing..." July 29

  • Nick Fairley surprised that Lions declined his option, but he's over it

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says that he feels he played well enough last season to earn his $5.5-million, fifth-year contract option for 2015, but the team refused to exercise it this spring. "I felt like I would (earn it), yeah," Fairley said today, after taking part in an..." June 04

  • Nick Fairley has lost nearly 30 pounds this offseason

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions declined to pick up the fifth-year option in defensive tackle Nick Fairley's contract earlier this offseason, general manager Martin Mayhew made it known that motivation played a big part in his decision. Fairley may have recorded a career-high 6.0 sacks in 2013, but the..." June 03

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    #Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Nick Fairley is dealing with "a medical issue" and "had a procedure," is not taking part in OTAs.

  • Lions take a proactive risk with defensive tackle Nick Fairley

    Detroit News "For three years, Auburn football coaches poked and prodded, coaxed and cajoled, begged and pleaded with Nick Fairley, first to get his academics in order so he could play and then to apply himself, to put in the work, both on his body and on his understanding of the game, so he could reach his..." April 06

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Martin Mayhew said the #Lions won't pick up the fifth-year option on Nick Fairley's contract. Lions want a motivated Fairley in 2014.

  • Nick Fairley's physique under fire again, this time from Warren Sapp

    Michigan Live "Warren Sapp's thoughts on Ndamukong Suh have been critical and well documented As it turns out, he really doesn't feel so differently about another Detroit Lions defensive tackle, either. Sapp, a Hall of Famer, is not a fan of Nick Fairley -- citing his top-heavy physique. "Little legs,"..." February 06

  • Lions GM Martin Mayhew: Nick Fairley needs to mature mentally, physically for consistency

    Detroit Free Press "In his first three NFL seasons, Nick Fairley has been brilliant at times and invisible at others. The challenge for new coach Jim Caldwell and his staff is to get more regular production out of one of the most talented but perplexing defensive tackles in the league. “He could play more..." January 21

  • Jim Schwartz didn't know what to say to Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh after questionable calls

    Michigan Live "A penalty call is a teaching moment for Jim Schwartz, but the Detroit Lions coach didn't know what to say to defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley after a pair of questionable flags in the fourth quarter. The infractions, which have been panned by national broadcasters and..." December 09

  • Lions' Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh feel unsavory rep is overblown

    Detroit News "It almost like the Pistons' Bad Boys days all over again. The headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday read, "Detroit's Dirty Duo pays a visit Sunday." McFilthy and McNasty, in this Bad Boys incarnation, are defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. "You’ve seen stuff..." November 16

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    Josh Katzenstein @jkatzenstein

    Willie Young and Nick Fairley said they were both fined $15,750 for hits on Bears QB Luke McCown Sunday. #Lions

  • Lions' Nick Fairley mum on sore shoulder

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley didn’t want to talk about his sore right shoulder as he made his way through the locker room Thursday. “What’s that?” the defensive tackle said playing oblivious to the body part and the ailment that has kept him out of two straight practices. Fairley was one of Lions starters..." September 13

  • If he can stay healthy, Nick Fairley should be All-Pro force for Lions

    Detroit News "Man I want to stand before you here right now and boldly proclaim I’ve seen the Lions’ next All-Pro defensive tackle and his name is Nick Fairley. I want to tell you about the 20 pounds he lost in the six weeks between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp and how quick and still..." August 04

  • Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley's confidence was evident this offseason

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley displayed more confidence this offseason during workouts than most observers have seen since he has entered the NFL. Fairley was very vocal during every practice. He routinely challenged teammate Ndamukong Suh during individual drills at practice -..." June 16

  • Lions need Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley at front of line as leaders

    Detroit News "It was a simple show of hands, but for the Lions, a couple days into their first real offseason work as a team, maybe it's an encouraging sign. Assistant Jim Washburn was having a little bit of fun during a defensive-line drill Wednesday morning, and so were his guys, testing their quickness..." May 23

  • Lions' Nick Fairley already has goals set for defensive line in 2013

    Detroit Free Press "It’s hard to put your finger on what’s different about Nick Fairley, other than to say he just sounds different. As in more mature and confident. Smarter even, about life and football. A couple of off-season brushes with the law last year can change a player. But so can playing..." May 20

  • Nick Fairley predicts Super Bowl for 2013 Detroit Lions

    Detroit News "Nick Fairley studies Reggie White's club move that carried him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He watches Warren Sapp, too. He envisions himself doing the Sapp twist move or the White club. And, Fairley plans on using these techniques to not only justify himself as a top-100 player, but..." May 09

  • Judge won't permit plea deal for Lions' Nick Fairley

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley hoped to enter a pre-trial diversion program for a charge of driving under the influence. Now Fairley and his attorneys reportedly will have to rethink their strategy. WPMI Local 15 News in Mobile, Ala., said Fairley was in court Thursday expecting to get a..." March 22