Lions DT Fairley has foot surgery

Posted Aug. 03, 2011 @ 5:59 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Lions rookie DT Nick Fairley is "expected to miss a significant portion of training camp" after foot surgery Wednesday, the club announced.

"The examination of Nick Fairley's foot today by Dr. Bob Anderson resulted in a diagnosis consistent with that of Lions' team physicians that surgical correction was required," the Lions said in a prepared statement. "Accordingly, surgery was successfully performed this afternoon in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Anderson."

The Lions' first-round pick in April's draft, Fairley suffered the foot injury on Monday.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, Fairley is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.

The way we see it

Fairley is expected to be a key part of the defensive line as a rookie, but the Lions are still solid up the middle without him, what with Ndamukong Suh already a star and Corey Williams a capable performer, too. The questions now are how much of the summer will Fairley miss — and how quickly can he catch up when he returns?