Nick Fairley DL NO 1 month ago

Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 month ago

Fairley will visit with the Patriots on Monday, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fairley was more of a situational player as a reserve on the Rams' loaded defensive line last year. Given that role, Fairley managed just 29 tackles and .5 sacks in 15 games played. However, considering his pedigree, as well as the Patriots' need for more experience through the middle of their defense, Fairley and the New England's interest in each other seems to make sense.

Nick Fairley DL NO 8 months ago

Fairley (collarbone) is not on the team's injury report for Sunday's game with Seattle, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fairley struggled with a sore collarbone in the preseason but seems to be good to go for the season opener. It will be interesting to see the time share that will happen with the loaded defensive line on the Rams, but Fairley will certainly get a large amount of snaps.

Nick Fairley DL NO 8 months ago

Fairley missed Saturday's preseason game with a sore collarbone, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fairley may have been able to play had it been the regular season, but the Rams don't feel the need to risk further injury in meaningless games. Fairley will be a part of a fearsome defensive tackle rotation along with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers to start the season.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Fairley has reached an agreement to join the Rams, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

The Rams announced Fairley's signing at the introductory press conference for new quarterback Nick Foles. Joining a front seven that already ranked among the NFL's best, Fairley may be somewhat limited in terms of snap count, which is probably for the best. While the former Lion won't be an IDP option, it should be entertaining to watch the St. Louis defensive line this upcoming seven.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Fairley (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Lions' official site reports.

Fairley was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, but after having returned to practice this past week, a return to action next weekend seems plausible, should the Lions advance to the divisional round of the playoffs.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Fairley (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Lions' official site reports.

Fairley, who was listed as a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, only did individual work during that span, and he's all but ruled out for Sunday's contest. If the Lions advance past this weekend's wild card round, however, it's plausible that Fairley could be back in action for the divisional round of the playoffs.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that Fairley (knee) is in a "practice-to-play" protocol, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website reports.

Caldwell previously said Fairley would need a miracle in order to suit up, but it now seems that the big defensive tackle is trending closer to questionable. Having last played in Week 8, Fairley may not be able to handle his usual role, even if he does make it back for Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Fairley (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Mlive.com reports.

Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier this week that Fairley would need a "miracle" to play Sunday against the Cowboys, but the defensive tackle's return to practice Thursday offers a glimmer of hope on that front. Perhaps a more realistic scenario for Fairley -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- would be a return to action in the second round of the playoffs, should the Lions advance past Dallas this weekend.

Nick Fairley DL NO 1 year ago

Fairley (knee) might not return from injury this season according to Jim Caldwell, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Fairley's injury must be worse than expected when the Lions decided against surgery for the defensive tackle. Ndamukong Suh's impending free agency means Fairley could have to shoulder a major load next year, so Detroit might be showing caution for a player whom is about to become much more important.