NFL Nation: Richard Anderson

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. Richard 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.

Oh, boy.

You've probably seen the news: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley met with renowned foot specialist Dr. Richard Anderson on Wednesday morning. Fairley, of course, hasn't practiced since suffering an unspecified injury during a practice Monday.

We have no idea about the condition of Fairley's foot, but players typically don't visit Anderson for minor ailments. Among other things, he is an expert at treating stress fractures and Lisfranc sprains.

If you're a Lions fan, you're hoping Anderson tells Fairley that he has neither injury. If you're also a realist, well ...

Here's what Lions coach Jim Schwartz had this to say after the team's morning practice:

"After [Fairley] left the field on Monday, we did some additional tests. We had some concerns about his foot. He was being seen late during practice, so we haven't heard [anything]. As soon as we hear his opinion and course of action, we'll let you guys know."

Check back for more information ... if you can bear it.




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