Saturday, October 8, 2011
MNF in Detroit: Nick Fairley's questionable
By Kevin Seifert
Let the anticipation continue building for a certain rookie defensive tackle's NFL debut as we review the final injury report of the week:
Detroit Lions: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) practiced for a fourth consecutive day and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said Fairley worked with the first-team defensive line during a two-minute drill Saturday in practice. It's been more than two months since Fairley had surgery on his foot. If he plays, expect it to be in a limited package.
Cunningham added he has done some "political maneuvering" during the week as it relates to Fairley's availability.
"I think he's practiced really well," Cunningham said, "and all I said to [defensive line coach Kris Kocurek] was, 'I guess we weren't wrong' when I watched him in practice.' He’s moving really well, he’s running and I think he's got a cheering section out there. The linebackers all noticed him and I thought [linebacker Stephen Tulloch] was going to throw up after he saw him make a play. He said, 'My God is he fast.' And I said, 'I think he was faster than you at the combine.'"
Cornerback Aaron Berry (groin), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (hamstring) and safety Amari Spievey (hamstring) are also questionable. Keep an eye on Spievey. He didn't practice much this week.
Chicago Bears: Defensive end Corey Wootton is listed as probable despite a hand injury that was heavily wrapped during practice Saturday. Receiver Earl Bennett (chest) and offensive lineman Gabe Carimi (knee) remain out. All other players, including safety Chris Harris (hamstring) will be available.