Nick Fairley debuts vs. Bears

Updated: October 11, 2011, 8:55 AM ET
ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Detroit rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley made his NFL debut in the Lions' 24-13 win Monday night over the Chicago Bears

Fairley had missed the season's first four games because of a left foot injury.

Fairley, a first-round draft pick from Auburn, had surgery on his foot early in training camp. He was at practice last week, but coach Jim Schwartz was noncommittal about whether he would be able to contribute against the Bears.

Detroit linebacker Justin Durant, who is recovering from a concussion, was deactivated after experiencing more symptoms shortly before the game.

Chicago's inactives include wide receiver Earl Bennett, who was out with a chest injury. Cornerback Charles Tillman, who was limited last week because of a hip problem, was active.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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