After spraining his knee in a contract year, Lions DT Nick Fairley may not see the field again for Detroit.
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The difficult situation the Lions have regarding the contract status of DT Nick Fairley got even more difficult when the team revealed their uncertainty of him playing again this season.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he was “not sure” if Fairley was going to get back on the field this season, after spraining his knee in Week Eight.
“Same thing I said a few weeks ago, I’m not real certain, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions chose not to pick up the 5th year option on Fairley, the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft. Fairley has struggled between injuries and lack of production on the field for the Lions since they drafted him. In four seasons he has only 30 starts and less than 100 tackles. His breakout year came in 2013 when he recorded 6.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, a safety and a defensive TD, but the Lions felt that his overall body of work and multiple arrests for driving under the influence did not make retaining him worth the effort or cost.