BBAO: Nick Fairley's status

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Sorry about the light posting Thursday afternoon. Got tied up. It happens.

What we missed: Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) will make his debut Monday night against the Chicago Bears. The Lions have yet to confirm the news and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the team has made no decision.

Whether Fairley plays or not, it's difficult to imagine him making a significant impact Monday night. Thursday was his third practice since undergoing foot surgery in August. On Fairley's football body clock, it's not even time for the first preseason game yet.

Continuing around the NFC North: