Nick Fairley and the Lions catch a break

August, 3, 2011
8/03/11
5:51
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It appears the Detroit Lions avoided the worst-case scenario Wednesday with their top draft choice. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley had surgery on his left foot immediately after meeting with specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, but ESPN's John Clayton reported that Anderson didn't find the type of injury that would have threatened Fairley's season.

The Lions didn't specify the exact nature of the diagnosis, but Clayton reported it is not a Lisfranc sprain. Clayton's source said Fairley will miss three or four weeks of practice, information that jibes with a Lions statement that said Fairley would miss a "significant" portion of training camp.

All things considered, the Lions are surely taking a deep breath Wednesday evening. A Lisfranc injury for a 300-pound player can take months to recover from. Unless we're being misled here, Fairley should be ready to play by next month sometime. I consider that (relatively) good news.

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