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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

Tack FF Int
35 2 0

Referee explains Calvin Johnson no-catch ruling

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 6:04 p.m. ET
The referee of the Bears-Lions game explains the controversial ruling on what appeared to be a last-minute go-ahead touchdown catch by Calvin Johnson.

Bears escape opener with controversial 19-14 win over the Lions

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m. ET
Jay Cutler had 372 yards passing and threw a late 28-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte, and the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 19-14 in the season opener after Calvin Johnson's apparent touchdown catch was ruled an incompletion.

Lions QB Stafford out with shoulder injury, Hill in

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 2:50 p.m. ET
Lions QB Matthew Stafford left the team's 2010 season opener with a shoulder injury after a hit from Bears DE Julius Peppers before halftime. Backup QB Shaun Hill took over for Stafford in the second half.

Lions glad to have versatile Havner

Posted Sept. 11, 2010 @ 10:25 p.m. ET
Detroit envisions multiple roles for recent waiver acquisition Spencer Havner, a linebacker/tight end/fullback who caught four TD passes as a Packer last season.

Hype for Lions' Best growing wildly

Posted Sept. 11, 2010 @ 8:49 p.m. ET
For a second straight season the Lions have an offensive rookie who quickly is earning the respect of the veteran players. Last season, it was QB Matthew Stafford; this year, it's RB Jahvid Best.

Lions acquire CB Smith from Broncos

Posted Sept. 04, 2010 @ 4:27 p.m. ET
The Lions have acquired disappointing CB DeAngelo Smith from the Broncos in exchange for TE Dan Gronkowski and an undisclosed draft pick.

Lions cut OT Jansen, CB Bly

Posted Sept. 04, 2010 @ 11:47 a.m. ET
Jon Jansen, who was pushing starting ORT Gosder Cherilus not long ago, was cut by the Lions on Saturday, along with veteran CB Dré Bly.

NFL fines Lions DT Suh $7,500

Posted Sept. 03, 2010 @ 12:12 p.m. ET
The NFL fined Lions rookie DT Ndamukong Suh $7,500 for his violent takedown of Browns QB Jake Delhomme in the teams' third preseason game.

Seahawks acquire OT Polumbus from Lions

Posted Aug. 31, 2010 @ 1:54 p.m. ET
One week after losing out on a waiver claim on OT Tyler Polumbus to the Lions, the Seahawks traded for Polumbus to add depth to their offensive line.

NFL will look at Suh's penalty

Posted Aug. 31, 2010 @ 1:22 p.m. ET
The league will take a closer look at Lions rookie DT Ndamukong Suh's dangerous play Saturday night in taking down Browns QB Jake Delhomme.

Lions place DE DeVries on I.R.

Posted Aug. 27, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m. ET
Lions veteran DE Jared DeVries (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday. The team also signed S John Wendling and DT Jaron Baston.

Lions' secondary becoming a primary concern

Posted Aug. 27, 2010 @ 1:39 p.m. ET
The Lions' best defensive back, FS Louis Delmas, has battled a groin injury and hasn't played much this preseason, one of several concerns the team has in the secondary.

Lions claim OT Polumbus off waivers

Posted Aug. 26, 2010 @ 4:12 p.m. ET
The Lions beat two other teams in claiming OT Tyler Polumbus off waivers on Thursday, adding depth to the tackle position.

What can Stafford do in second season?

Posted Aug. 20, 2010 @ 3:18 p.m. ET
Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who struggled more than not as a rookie, has a chance to be very productive in his second season.

Source: Seahawks trade DE Jackson to Lions

Posted Aug. 18, 2010 @ 1:56 p.m. ET
The Seahawks have traded DE Lawrence Jackson to the Lions, sources tell PFW.

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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