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Nick Fairley is in a walking boot

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When Lions first-round defensive tackle Nick Fairley came up with an injured foot on Monday, coach Jim Schwartz pooh-poohed it.  And with Fairley showing up Tuesday in a walking boot, Lions fans have pooh-poohed a little.

It’s not [a big setback] at all,” Fairley told reporters after practice, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m doing whatever I can do to get ready to get back as soon as I can.”

And then Fairley said he doesn’t know when that will be.

Schwartz said Monday that X-rays were negative.  “Still doing some tests on him and having a lot of different people look at his stuff, but he’s down for now, and we’ll see what happens,” Schwartz said Tuesday, per Birkett.

Fairley’s injury, no matter how serious it is or isn’t, is a reminder of the manner in which high expectations can — and inevitably will — quickly deflate when a guy perceived to be a contributor suddenly can’t play.

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53 Responses to “Nick Fairley is in a walking boot”
  1. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    Just hide a piece of ham in the qbs back pocket during the coin toss and this hoss will run through a brick wall to get to it. lmao

  2. hobartbaker says: Aug 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    Recovery time has been delayed somewhat after Fairley Fat mistakenly wore the boot on his head for several days.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    So 25% of the greatest defensive line in the history of football is already injured. What a shock.

  4. medtxpack says: Aug 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    is he looking for lice in that picture?

  5. contra74 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    I guess there goes the Lions’ run at 16-0 this year. LOL. Quit thumping your chests guys and come back down to Earth.

  6. skoobyfl says: Aug 2, 2011 2:55 PM

    I’m Fairley certain that Fairley will be just fine. I’m just glad the Bills took Dareus.

  7. sonvar says: Aug 2, 2011 2:55 PM

    Which is also a good reason why Eagle fans’ need to see how injuries play out before they are penciled in for the Super Bowl. I’m curious how injuries start coming up after the first preseason game. Because it’ll be the first major contact any player will have had since the season ended.

  8. lionpride10 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:56 PM

    The luck of the lions

  9. drshakedown74 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:59 PM

    Close your mouth

  10. kane337 says: Aug 2, 2011 2:59 PM

    Get well soon Nick.

  11. twallace612 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:00 PM

    LOL I am sure they know Nick hates to practice…. So his foot hurts till preseason and then it is just fine…
    LOL

  12. seneca1ss says: Aug 2, 2011 3:01 PM

    Tampa Bay will gladly trade you Brian Price for Nick Fairly (pretty please?)

  13. dgreenfi says: Aug 2, 2011 3:01 PM

    At least “Fragile Fairley” sounds cool.

  14. drshakedown74 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:02 PM

    Biz Markie plays football?

  15. staff2cj4td says: Aug 2, 2011 3:04 PM

    ok, for all the re-re’s out there, he hurt his foot yesterday and the next day he’s out walking around in a boot. if it was that serious he wouldn’t be up and around on his feet at all. a boot just takes some pressure off it with the angle your foot sits inside of it on. and he’s out on the field learning and paying attention instead of sitting inside getting iced down. all you haters keep posting your one liners, but when he’s back in pads in a week or so, then it will be a different story!

    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds!!

  16. chace1986 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:04 PM

    Maybe this will get the Lions fans head out of the clouds or wake them up from their dreams of being “super bowl contenders”….nope…looks like I’m the one dreamin’ now. The only thing that will wake them up is when they are watching football at home in January after finishing third in their division…again. Lions…accomplish something first…then talk. We all hate how the Jets and their fans blab…but at least they first..make the playoffs… and two….win a playoff game.

  17. shieldsisland37 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:09 PM

    chace, dont be mean to the Lions. Have you ever gone to a Lion’s game? NO. If you have you would realize they are a fantasticly fun football team to cheer for and the fans are real blue collar true blooded great fans and its a blast. So dont bash it till you try it. Im a hard core packer fan. But after going to a Lions game, I love me some Lions.

  18. chazk100 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:12 PM

    So, if it’s his foot that’s hurt, why does Schwartz say a lot of people are looking at his “stuff” ?

  19. bhester1906 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:13 PM

    Silver crush! I bet he’ll crush a plate a babyback ribs and wash it down with a plate of baby back ribs.

  20. rizza32 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:14 PM

    Just take ur place bringing up the rear of the NFC north. Maybe u should have a playoff appearance before u stake ur return to glory. Losers

    Oh and go Bears for the tool above

  21. contra74 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:15 PM

    staff2cj4td says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:04 PM
    ok, for all the re-re’s out there, he hurt his foot yesterday and the next day he’s out walking around in a boot. if it was that serious he wouldn’t be up and around on his feet at all. a boot just takes some pressure off it with the angle your foot sits inside of it on. and he’s out on the field learning and paying attention instead of sitting inside getting iced down. all you haters keep posting your one liners, but when he’s back in pads in a week or so, then it will be a different story!

    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds!!
    ——————-
    LOL…whats an imbreed? (hint – the answer is in the mirror you imbreed hahaha)

  22. bucngator says: Aug 2, 2011 3:16 PM

    Schwartz said Monday that X-rays were negative. “Still doing some tests on him and having a lot of different people look at his stuff, but he’s down for now, and we’ll see what happens,” Schwartz said Tuesday, per Birkett.

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    ….gonna take forever, to get him back on the field if they keep having “different people look at his stuff”, instead of treating his foot!!

  23. thousandcasts says: Aug 2, 2011 3:19 PM

    “So, if it’s his foot that’s hurt, why does Schwartz say a lot of people are looking at his “stuff” ?”

    Because after some of the Millen era picks, they wanted to make sure this one actually had testicles. One day of practice and he’s in a boot…wonderful.

    Yes…I’m a Lions fan.

  24. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Aug 2, 2011 3:22 PM

    The Lions were tied with the Vikings at 6-10 last year. I’m tired of everyone saying the Vikings were in last place. It was a tie. With the Vikings having a MUCH more difficult schedule. In the first 8 games, the Vikes were AT Green Bay, AT New Orleans, AT New England, AT NY Jets…..so for Lions to think they’re gonna finish ahead of the Vikings is a total joke. We’ve beaten them like 22 out of the last 23 or something. Also, the Packers were 10-6 last year, not undefeated like you’d think, the way they talk. Heck, if it wasn’t for being the lucky ‘winner’ of some imaginary 3-way tie-break, they wouldn’t have even made the playoffs.

  25. chazk100 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    relax people, it’s pre-season. every team has scads of injuries and pseudo-injuries in pre-season. no biggie.

    and we’ll find out soon enough who sux more, MINN or DET. I’d say MINN, but like I said, we’ll find out soon eh?

  26. detroitrollin22 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:32 PM

    Im not worried about Fairley at all, he’ll be fine it’s most likely an ankle sprain.

    And btw their defensive line just doesnt consist of Suh, KVB, Fairley, and Avril. They also have Corey Williams who would start on every defense that runs a 4-3 in the league, LoJack who had 6.5 sacks in limited playing time, Sammie Hill who’s entering his 3rd year and is a great rotation piece, and also Willie Young who will be a the 4th DE on the depth chart and will make a splash.

    Lions 10-6
    Dline- 48+ sacks

  27. mayfieldroadboy says: Aug 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    medtxpack says:

    is he looking for lice in that picture?
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    Absolutely priceless! Best quote in days on days on days.

  28. garyandersonsleftfoot says: Aug 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    Lol @ staff2cj4td. I think its inbreed, not “imbreed,” maybe you should spell check (or learn to spell) before calling other people re- re’s… just a thought

  29. plum13sec says: Aug 2, 2011 3:41 PM

    I Know Fairley dominated in college & has a ton of potential. But he has the face of us bust.

  30. shaggytoodle says: Aug 2, 2011 3:48 PM

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    theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:22 PM
    The Lions were tied with the Vikings at 6-10 last year. I’m tired of everyone saying the Vikings were in last place. It was a tie.

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    If it was a tie why wasn’t a coin flip used to determine if the Lions should draft in front of the Vikings or not?’

    The Lions one twice as many division games as the Vikings did.

  31. th56 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    Huh Oh! A 300+lb man with hurting feet is a big red flag. Hopefully for Detroit it is nothing, but how many of these big men with “foot problems” never really get any better and only worse?

  32. hatesycophants says: Aug 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    I don’t know, I kinda like “imbreeds.”

    Go Badgers! GO Lions!

  33. jacksaysfu says: Aug 2, 2011 4:02 PM

    @sonvar Eagles fans know we haven’t done anything yet, but we also know we went 10-6 and won the division with a very suspect defense. We added 4 probowl defensive players and had a great Free agency. In 2004 we added 2 pro bowl players (TO,kearse) and made the super bowl. This team is WAY more talented, so of course we’re excited. But we’re not dumb enough to sleep on a team like Det cause they’re an up and coming scary team. But on paper , your a Fool if you think we’re not a dangerous team.

  34. comeonnowguys says: Aug 2, 2011 4:03 PM

    @staff2cj4td says:

    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds!!

    You really shouldn’t throw around the “re-re” and “imbreed” labels around so freely when they can just as easily apply to you.

  35. zoxitic says: Aug 2, 2011 4:24 PM

    I love listening to farley talk. Its comedy at its finest.

  36. merc13 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:34 PM

    Lions and eagles got one thing in common………

  37. purpleguy says: Aug 2, 2011 4:41 PM

    Word has it he tripped over his sports bra.

  38. teal379 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:47 PM

    staff2cj4td says:Aug 2, 2011 3:04 PM

    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds!!
    *****************************************

    Ok Imbreed! I’m not a coward – my team put 15 players on IR last year and they went out and won the Superbowl.

    What, exactly, have the sweater kittens done? All ready to give excuses because your rook has a stubbed toe?

  39. thefiesty1 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:18 PM

    I thought someone on the Lions predicted an undefeated season. NOT!!!!!! They’ll be lucky to go 8-8.

  40. thephantomstranger says: Aug 2, 2011 5:18 PM

    staff2cj4td says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:04 PM
    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds!!
    _____________

    I didn’t know we had to state what our favorite team is before we comment. Okay, I’m a Viking fan. My team had a ton of injuries last year and we finished tied with the Lions. We also lost two home games because our roof collapsed and we fired our coach because he was a moron. We had the worst quarterback in the league last year. Everything went wrong, but we still had the same record as your team. Now you think you’re going to go somewhere because you got some dude named Fairley with the 13th pick in the draft. If he was as dominant as you think, he would have been a top-5 pick. I couldn’t be happier we passed on that guy to take our QB of the future, Christian Ponder. No chance the Lions finish with a better record than the Vikings, even in a transition year.

  41. Deb says: Aug 2, 2011 5:24 PM

    chazk100 says:

    So, if it’s his foot that’s hurt, why does Schwartz say a lot of people are looking at his “stuff” ?

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    All joking aside, that quote from Schwartz made no sense. He’s in a boot … seriously, what other “stuff” are they looking at? Fairley is a tough SOB. As a Bama fan, I hate him … but would never deny his talent. Was looking forward to seeing how he’d play when he can’t trip, gouge, and all those good things he liked to do at Auburn ;) Get well soon, Nick.

  42. warwick12 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:27 PM

    Did I just read “Lions fans get over yourselves”?!?!?!? It’s not like we’ve been posting any smack talk for the last 10 years lol…believe me, we are over ourselves. A .500 seasons is a victory for us…our problem is we’ve been listening to you all for the last ten years, so get over yourselves.

  43. woodyg says: Aug 2, 2011 5:42 PM

    ” No chance the Lions finish with a better record than the Vikings, even in a transition year. ”

    Have to agree ….. Both teams are destined to finish about 5-11 & in the cellar in the North Division ….. Face it, the NFL is a passing league …. To be an elite team you need stellar QB play & the ability to defend the pass on defense ….

    Neither the Lions nor the Vikings have either of these qualities ……

  44. comeonnowguys says: Aug 2, 2011 5:47 PM

    warwick,

    Ever since the season ended, the general tone of Lion fans on here has evolved as such:

    “We could be could next year.” (February)
    “We will probably be good next year.” (pre-draft)
    “We will be great next year.” (post-draft)
    “Best defensive line in football.” (recently)

    And my favorite, I saw a commenter here had a user name trumpeting this next decade as belonging to the Lions.

  45. Soulman45 says: Aug 2, 2011 6:22 PM

    It is good to see the Lions doing something right people are talking about them on all football boards. THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS

  46. korikill says: Aug 2, 2011 7:37 PM

    tied with the Lions?? You viking fans are delusional. does everybody ‘win’ in your house?
    The vikings could not beat their divisional opponents, and the Lions could. that puts the Lions ahead of the vikings in the standings, it’s called a TIEBREAKER.
    that’s why you drafted before the Lions. your COMPLETE record was worse, therefore, you came in FOURTH in the NFC North.

  47. alexfromstrohs says: Aug 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    So, our 4th best DT may be out a few days?? No biggie, Suh, Corey, and Sammy will try to leave some QBs for Nick when he gets well.

  48. asublimeday says: Aug 2, 2011 8:44 PM

    ps-it’s funny all these people that talk bs about the Lions or injuries never post who their team is…… hahaha cowards!! every team has injuries, back to your trailers and mom’s couches you imbreeds
    ————————
    Aaasaahhhhhhhahahaha “imbreeds”

    The king of all morons.

  49. mack2x says: Aug 3, 2011 8:23 AM

    ————————
    Aaasaahhhhhhhahahaha “imbreeds”

    The king of all morons.

    ——–
    That must make you the Queen.

  50. jtam963 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:02 AM

    Lion fans keep talking!! It is very funny.

    Sure you got talent, but let’s see if your qb can take a sack first. Which from the past he hasn’t been able to.

    We will see. Bears about to sign Tatupu.

    Either way we still got a better linebacker core.

    Bear Down!

  51. bcar1023 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:35 AM

    Wake up haters. The Lions D-line was already the best in the NFL BEFORE they drafted Fairley. This is a non-issue on all levels. He’ll be back eventually and I feel sorry for the first QB that has to deal with Suh and Fairley at the same time.

  52. fartography says: Aug 3, 2011 9:45 AM

    I love it when Bears fans like jtam963 bust on Stafford being durable when their own QB quit in the NFC championship. At least Stafford wants to play.

  53. comeonnowguys says: Aug 5, 2011 11:58 AM

    fartography says:

    I love it when Bears fans like jtam963 bust on Stafford being durable when their own QB quit in the NFC championship. At least Stafford wants to play.

    You’re forgiven for being football dumb. It’s been a while since your team has won.

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