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Nick Fairley undergoes surgery

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Lions first round pick Nick Fairley saw a specialist about his foot, and what he heard wasn’t good.

The Lions announced Wednesday that Fairley underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss a “significant portion” of training camp. Detroit hates to give out injury info, so it’s a fair bet that a “significant portion” is a best case scenario.

“He was in great condition for camp & made a good impression the first couple days. Look forward to getting him back as soon as he’s healthy,” Jim Schwartz said via Twitter.

It’s a big blow to Fairley, but the defensive line is Detroit’s deepest group.  They can survive just fine without him.

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40 Responses to “Nick Fairley undergoes surgery”
  1. illiniftw says: Aug 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    Wow the Lions season has started going downhill before the season even started!

  2. mississippibred says: Aug 3, 2011 5:36 PM

    week 1 josh freeman is happy, Suh without fairly didnt sack him once last year. and only had 1? sack in that whole game against the starters minus fairly… so week one dline just became a little less of a mistery for the bucs

  3. Soulman45 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:37 PM

    Frist He will be alright but camp is going to be miss not a good thing 10-6.

  4. whoknowsnothing says: Aug 3, 2011 5:39 PM

    Hopefully when he comes back he can stay healthy because I want to see how him and Suh pair up.

  5. chobes68 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:40 PM

    I’d expect the injuries are going to pile up faster than usual due to the shortened off season.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:41 PM

    The Lions have a lot of talent on the defensive line so although Fairley will be missed, the defensive line is essentially still as good or better than last year. When Fairley is back and ready to play, he’ll only make them better. Just tough luck for the Lions.

  7. contra74 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:44 PM

    Dang. What happened to that loud and might Lions War Machine we kept hearing about the past couple of weeks!?

  8. hobartbaker says: Aug 3, 2011 5:45 PM

    Nick appeared shocked at the news. He just stood there with his mouth hanging open.

  9. vikesorgtfo says: Aug 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    Well, the Vikings selecting Ponder is looking a little better now that the guy everyone was clamoring for is injured after a couple days of camp.

  10. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    Him and Sue could have done some special things this year. Maybee they still can if he can play at the same level after the surgery.

  11. beastofeden says: Aug 3, 2011 5:49 PM

    2-14

  12. nineroutsider says: Aug 3, 2011 5:49 PM

    Was Dr. Rex Ryan the foot specialist?

  13. detroitrollin22 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:49 PM

    @soulman45

    dont bring that “frist” mlive crap onto this site.

    And Btw this sucks but Williams was the projected starter anyways

  14. skoobyfl says: Aug 3, 2011 5:50 PM

    Only in Detroit.

  15. deadmanwalking47 says: Aug 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    hope this young man recovers and this injury does’nt get worse the rest of his career.

  16. ee00ee says: Aug 3, 2011 5:55 PM

    contra74 jealous much?

  17. schemefactory says: Aug 3, 2011 5:56 PM

    shoot, i don’t even know why people keep caring about anything from michigan.

  18. thephantomstranger says: Aug 3, 2011 6:00 PM

    Fairley dropped to 13 because he was considered a one-year wonder and an injury risk. I guess this is why you shouldn’t be counting your third-place finishes before training camp even starts. I hope Fairley recovers quickly and has a good season. Why not? The Lions will finish last either way.

  19. ndgoose says: Aug 3, 2011 6:04 PM

    I think the Lions end up 11-5 with a good shot at winning a playoff game. Nick Fairley was a good addition to an up and coming defense. THe Lions are on the rise.

  20. Soulman45 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:07 PM

    @detroitrollin22
    Frist Frist don’t you like it.

  21. tdk24 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:07 PM

    Remember all that excitement after this pick? And for weeks the media was raving about how good it would make the Lions?……..POP!

  22. heynowhank says: Aug 3, 2011 6:08 PM

    Don’t over-react. He’ll be back Fairly Suh’n.

  23. skinsfantom says: Aug 3, 2011 6:12 PM

    the lions/fans deserve good luck/news. they have suffered long enough already.HAIL

  24. contra74 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:15 PM

    ee00ee says:
    Aug 3, 2011 5:55 PM
    contra74 jealous much?
    ——
    Of what? What could there possibly be jealous about in the Detroilet Lions. Yes, thats not a typo – I said Detroilet.

  25. anactualnflowner says: Aug 3, 2011 6:25 PM

    vikesorgtfo says: Aug 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    Well, the Vikings selecting Ponder is looking a little better now that the guy everyone was clamoring for is injured after a couple days of camp.

    Ha! Only a Vikings fan would say something as intelligent as this. Keep telling yourself whatever you need to hear, but the reality is that your GM admitted to reaching for a need instead of picking the best player. Don’t worry though… “Don-ny Drama” is going to do everything in his power to make sure you guys have a shot at Andrew Luck.

  26. rollerino1 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:29 PM

    Heeeeeeeerrre we go………….

  27. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    “It’s a big blow to Fairley, but the defensive line is Detroit’s deepest group. They can survive just fine without him.”

    If that’s the case why in the world did they spend the #13 pick on him? At the 13 spot this better be a big blow to the d line or they spent their capital in the wrong area.

  28. contra74 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:33 PM

    anactualnflowner says:
    Aug 3, 2011 6:25 PM
    vikesorgtfo says: Aug 3, 2011 5:46 PM

    Well, the Vikings selecting Ponder is looking a little better now that the guy everyone was clamoring for is injured after a couple days of camp.

    Ha! Only a Vikings fan would say something as intelligent as this. Keep telling yourself whatever you need to hear, but the reality is that your GM admitted to reaching for a need instead of picking the best player. Don’t worry though… “Don-ny Drama” is going to do everything in his power to make sure you guys have a shot at Andrew Luck.
    ——————
    Your post was nonsense. You are slamming the Vikings because they reached for something they needed. Hmmm. Ok, lets replay this one. Lets say the Vikings picked Fairley – well now the Vikes are stuck with a multimillion dollar paper weight with character issues. Hmmm. Yea Im good with Ponder, a guy who got both his undergrad and MBA while playing QB at FSU.

  29. quickwitt says: Aug 3, 2011 6:38 PM

    Uh oh. A heavyweight with a bad wheel? This cannot bode well for him. Not enough info about the injury, but one wonders if the lockout played a role here with conditioning, or lack thereof. That list will be long.

  30. asublimeday says: Aug 3, 2011 6:48 PM

    That’s what you get for talking all that smack kitty fans.

  31. stairwayto7 says: Aug 3, 2011 6:57 PM

    Another SEC BUST!

  32. truebluelionsfanrob says: Aug 3, 2011 7:11 PM

    They filled the issue at linebacker, got another starting corner (if Wright can regain prior form), grabbed another safety….still looks better than it has in a long time. I fully expect this to last into the season. I think the Schwartz has learned from trying to bring a player back to soon. I hope this works out. I’ve seen way too much of this kind of thing over the years I’ve been a Lions fan!

  33. johnnycash19 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:21 PM

    Love the Lions hate. Guys, it’s an injury that required surgery. It’s not like he tore an ACL or anything. Wow ya’ll must be REALLY scared of the Lions if you have to talk crap about them. To whoever said that losing Failey should be a big deal for taking him in the 1st round? Why? Mayhew drafts on TALENT not NEED *coughlastplacevikingscough*. Heck you guys make it sound like any injury that requires surgery means your career is over. Yeah, I mean Tom Brady never came back from an ACL or anything right and Manning hasn’t come back from neck surgeries or anything right?

    Oh and to the people that said, why should we care about Michigan or “Detroilet” You people need to grow up.

  34. darthhitman says: Aug 3, 2011 9:34 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    “It’s a big blow to Fairley, but the defensive line is Detroit’s deepest group. They can survive just fine without him.”

    If that’s the case why in the world did they spend the #13 pick on him? At the 13 spot this better be a big blow to the d line or they spent their capital in the wrong area.

    WHY did they pick Fairley at 13 if it’s our deepest group? Because that’s how Mayhew rolls, he picks the best player on the board REGARDLESS of team need…people who know this Lions FO knew that although Amukamara was there, there was a damn good shot Mayhew was grabbing Fairley. The simple fact you know NOTHING about how this FO operates [Prolly because focusing on Millen's blunders is easier and funner for someone with such a small mental capacity as yourself] proves in itself you have no right to even open that smelly hole in your head.

  35. robdoggs says: Aug 3, 2011 10:09 PM

    johnnycash19 says:Aug 3, 2011 9:21pm

    Heck you guys make it sound like any injury that requires surgery means your career is over. Yeah, I mean Tom Brady never came back from an ACL or anything right and Manning hasn’t come back from neck surgeries or anything right?

    Tom Brady and Payton Manning are not 300lbs tub of crap like Fairley

  36. jmacphee9 says: Aug 4, 2011 2:55 AM

    mississippibred says:
    Aug 3, 2011 5:36 PM
    week 1 josh freeman is happy, Suh without fairly didnt sack him once last year. and only had 1? sack in that whole game against the starters minus fairly… so week one dline just became a little less of a mistery for the bucs

    you are forgetting the significantly weaker defense the lions put out there still managed to win the game though? basically right now it is the same D line with some competent players starting in the back 7 instead of some people that mayhew could grab of the streets. ex/ CC brown

  37. jmacphee9 says: Aug 4, 2011 3:00 AM

    that was a bucs team 1 win from the playoffs at that…

  38. asublimeday says: Aug 4, 2011 3:58 AM

    The most awesome thing about the lions and Vikings bickering about who was last in the division is we bears and packers fans openly laughing at you from the top of the conference.

  39. mack2x says: Aug 4, 2011 7:47 AM

    ——
    Of what? What could there possibly be jealous about in the Detroilet Lions. Yes, thats not a typo – I said Detroilet.

    Good one!! And so original too. But to make it even better you need to drop the “r” Einstein.

  40. fartography says: Aug 4, 2011 8:55 AM

    If you’re a hardened Lions fans you’re actually happy about this news. At least he’ll be able to play within the first couple of games. I mean come on, it could have been a double turf toe that limited him to 1/4 of his speed almost his entire rookie year. It could have been a separated shoulder that kept him off the field over 50% of his first two years. Or a collarbone made out of glass. Or he could have just not wanted to play unless it was for his USC coach. Or a Lis Franc fracture followed by a torn ACL.

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