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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

Lions acquire OG Sims from Seattle

Posted April 05, 2010 @ 2:36 p.m. ET
The Seahawks and Lions completed two trades on Monday, sending OG Rob Sims to Detroit in the more noteworthy of the two deals.

Schwartz: Lions not out of Pacman hunt

Posted March 25, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m. ET
Unemployed CB Pacman Jones recently worked out in New Orleans for a handful of teams, and the Lions remain one of the clubs interested in his services.

Lions' second draft pick extremely important

Posted March 19, 2010 @ 2:50 p.m. ET
There is no question that what the Lions do with their first pick will have a lot to say about the overall success of their draft haul. But their second choice very well could be a starter.

Niners trade Hill to Lions

Posted March 14, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m. ET
The 49ers have traded QB Shaun Hill to the Lions for a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, the Sacramento Bee reports, citing a league source.

Lions trade for Falcons CB Houston; sign Wade

Posted March 08, 2010 @ 6:50 p.m. ET
The Lions traded a sixth-round pick in April’s draft for Falcons CB Chris Houston and signed former Rams CB Jonathan Wade.

Lions re-sign TE Heller, release DE White

Posted March 08, 2010 @ 4:13 p.m. ET
The busy Lions re-signed TE Will Heller today and released DE Dewayne White.

Early winners and losers in free agency

Posted March 08, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m. ET
Here's a look at the teams that have spent the most wisely to this point and which ones overextended themselves after the first weekend of free agency.

Lions start remake of defense

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 2:06 p.m. ET
In the course of 24 hours, the Lions made two moves to help bolster their defense, starting with the front four.

Lions continue overhaul with DE Vanden Bosch

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 11:58 a.m. ET
Reports say that the Lions have made yet another strong offseason move, signing Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch to a contract Friday morning.

First free-agent signing: Burleson to Lions

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 2:54 a.m. ET
The Lions have signed UFA WR Nate Burleson to a five-year, $25 million contract, with $11 million guaranteed, within hours of the 12:01 a.m. ET Friday start of the free-agent signing period.

NFC North team needs

Posted March 03, 2010 @ 4:34 p.m. ET
The Lions need an explosive running back, and Kevin Smith, who was never that guy, is coming back from a torn ACL. PFW continues its examination of the needs of each NFL team, this time looking at the NFC North.

Schwartz evasive on Culpepper's Lions future

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m. ET
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz shied away from a question about the status of unrestricted free-agent QB Daune Culpepper and his standing with the team.

Lions grant DE DeVries his release

Posted Feb. 23, 2010 @ 4 p.m. ET
DE Jared DeVries asked the Lions for his release to get a head start on free agency, and the Lions gave it to him. But they say they would like him to return.

Lions won't use 3-4 defense next season

Posted Feb. 19, 2010 @ 12:38 p.m. ET
You can forget about the idea that the Lions could use a 3-4 defense next season. Head coach Jim Schwartz told PFW that it just isn't going to happen.

Lions' Schwartz knows what he's doing

Posted Feb. 16, 2010 @ 7:49 p.m. ET
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is adamant in standing behind his young players, most notably Matthew Stafford, and he's very wise to do so.

Schwartz: Lions' Stafford healing very well

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 5:09 p.m. ET
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told PFW last week that QB Matthew Stafford is healing well following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in December.

Lions could use 'extra' linebackers more

Posted Jan. 20, 2010 @ 4:18 p.m. ET
The Lions are not expected to make wholesale scheme changes on defense, but there could be a way to enhance the productivity of the unit using parts that already are on the roster.

Lions expecting far more from Derrick Williams

Posted Jan. 14, 2010 @ 6:59 p.m. ET
The Lions hit on several draft picks as playing time for youth was readily available this season, but third-round WR Derrick Williams was a disappointment.

Stanton wants chance to be Lions' backup QB

Posted Jan. 07, 2010 @ 1:34 p.m. ET
QB Drew Stanton felt as if he was railroaded by media members as the Lions cleaned out their lockers this week and stresses he wants to remain in Detroit.

Lions' Cherilus facing crucial offseason

Posted Jan. 02, 2010 @ 9:57 a.m. ET
ORT Gosder Cherilus hasn't fallen completely out of favor with the Lions' brass, but it's clear he needs a strong offseason to enter 2010 as the clear-cut starter.

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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