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Nick Fairley

Nick Fairley - #98 - DT

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 4"/ 298 lbs.
Birthday 01/23/1988
Birthplace Mobile, AL
College Auburn
Years played 3
Drafted 2011, 1st round, 13th pick by Lions

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

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35 2 0

Bears top Lions with fourth-quarter TD

Posted Dec. 05, 2010 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
Jay Cutler threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Brandon Manumaleuna one play after an eyebrow-raising penalty midway through the fourth quarter, lifting the Chicago Bears to a 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Lions' Smith still has plenty of promise

Posted Dec. 04, 2010 @ 9:47 p.m. ET
Lions CB Alphonso Smith came under fire for his poor play in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Patriots, but he has a lot of promise.

Report: Chiefs filed tampering charges against Lions

Posted Dec. 02, 2010 @ 4:37 p.m. ET
The Chiefs have filed tampering charges with the NFL against the Lions, according to a report by Fox Sports reporter Alex Marvez.

Report: Lions to place PK Hanson on I.R.

Posted Dec. 02, 2010 @ 10:30 a.m. ET
The Lions reportedly will place PK Jason Hanson on injured reserve and stick with Dave Rayner as their placekicker the rest of 2011.

Lions announce sellout for Sunday

Posted Dec. 01, 2010 @ 2:31 p.m. ET
The Lions have announced that Sunday's game against the Bears has sold out and will air live in local television markets.

Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 30, 2010 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
Keeping Lions DTs Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams from knifing into the backfield to disrupt QB Jay Cutler or blow up a running play will be tough for the Bears' interior offensive linemen.

Lions trying to find ways to win

Posted Nov. 26, 2010 @ 6:52 p.m. ET
One of the greatest chores for a young head coach is to try to find ways to teach his team how to win games, which is the Lions' biggest problem now.

Brady leads Patriots past Lions 45-24

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 4:08 p.m. ET
Tom Brady threw a season-high four touchdown passes, all in the second half, to help the New England Patriots rout the Detroit Lions 45-24 on Thursday.

Brady will start against Lions

Posted Nov. 25, 2010 @ 12:13 p.m. ET
Patriots QB Tom Brady will start Thursday against Detroit despite missing practice Tuesday with a foot injury.

Schwartz needs Lions to win now

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 6:41 p.m. ET
Although the Lions' faithful has yet to turn on Jim Schwartz, the local papers are starting to bear down and chirp a little. A win against the Patriots would do a lot of good.

Meriweather key in slowing down Megatron

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 5:53 p.m. ET
Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player or area of the team that is most under the microscope. This week, S Brandon Meriweather is the choice.

Patriots-Lions matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 3:36 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game between the Patriots and Lions: Lions defensive line vs. Patriots offensive line

2011 NFC North free-agent preview

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 9:23 a.m. ET
If WR Sidney Rice hits the free-agent market in March, how hard will the Vikings try to re-sign him? Here is our exclusive team-by-team list of NFC North players likely to become free agents in March.

Lions release LB Campbell, sign OG Thomas

Posted Nov. 23, 2010 @ 7:28 p.m. ET
The Lions released LB Caleb Campbell on Tuesday and signed OG Donald Thomas, two days before they host the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day.

Patriots-Lions matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Nov. 23, 2010 @ 7:08 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 11 Thanksgiving Day game between the Patriots and Lions: Lions WRs Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson vs. Patriots CBs Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Dec. 16, 2012
The Detroit Lions have put Fairley on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.||||||| The 2011 first-round pick started seven of 13 games, had 5 1/2 sacks and 35 tackles after a lackluster rookie year. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to DUI and reckless driving and was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail term, a year of probation and a $600 fine. He hopes a pretrial diversion program will allow those charges to be dismissed.
Posted Dec. 04, 2012
A Mobile municipal judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against Fairley.||||||| Defense attorney Sid Harrell said the charge was dismissed on Tuesday. Judge Matt Greene agreed with prosecutors that there wasn't enough evidence to show partially smoked marijuana cigarettes found in Fairley's vehicle on April 3 belonged to the former first-round pick out of Auburn. Harrell says Fairley passed a drug test Tuesday, is tested several times a week by the NFL and has passed them all.
Posted Sept. 26, 2012
A lawyer for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says he will ask that the player be allowed to participate in a pre-trial diversion program instead of facing a trial on charges in Alabama. Fairley is charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.||||||| Attorney Sid Harrell says that if Fairley completes the diversion program by taking an anti-DUI course, he expects the charges to be dropped. Fairley was arrested in Mobile County on May 27 after a state trooper said he was traveling at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade and initially didn't pull over. He also faces a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge Nov. 27 in his hometown of Mobile. Fairley was a 2011 first-round pick after helping lead Auburn to a BCS title.
Posted Aug. 13, 2012
Fairley's court hearing on charges including driving under the influence and attempting to elude police has been pushed back to Sept. 26.||||||| Mobile, Ala., County District Judge George Hardesty Jr. granted defense attorney Sid Harrell's request for a delay on Friday. Fairley earlier had a hearing on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Mobile Municipal Court continued until Nov. 27.
Posted June 08, 2012
Fairley is publicly apologizing for his recent arrests in Alabama.||||||| Fairley says his "actions were inexcusable." Writing Friday on Facebook, he says he needs to meet the high standards of being a professional athlete. Fairley was arrested in Mobile County, Ala., on May 27 after a state trooper said he was traveling at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade. He was cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container. Fairley also was arrested April 3 in Mobile, Ala., for possessing marijuana.

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