And after the game, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell was not ready to assess his performance.
“I’m not going to comment on his performance tonight because I have to look at the film and see, “Caldwell told reporters after a 27-26 loss to the Raiders. “Where he plays down in the trenches is very difficult to tell exactly. The reason why is because of the fact that we thought C.J. [Mosley]was playing better.
“We put C.J. in place and we’ll see how Nick played and make another comparison and see where we go next week, but that was the reason why.”
Mosley responded well. He had three tackles, more than any other defensive lineman, and he plugged the middle of the defensive line well along with Ndamukong Suh.
Meanwhile, Fairley ended up being pushed off the ball often during his time against the Raiders facing mostly their first unit.
As for the future, it is unclear how the Lions will proceed from here out as Detroit preps for Jacksonville next Friday. One thing is certain, though: Fairley won’t get any special treatment.
“There’s a certain standard that we’re looking for,” Caldwell said, “and everybody’s got to measure up and him included.”