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Lions defense expects to get Durant, Fairley back in mix

Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh AP

Calvin Johnson and the offense get a lot of attention, but the biggest difference for Detroit this year is on defense.

The Lions are second in the league in turnovers and have played against the pass very well despite a relatively slow start to the year from Ndamukong Suh. That defense could look even better Monday night with the return of two key players.

Starting linebacker Justin Durant, who has been a good run defender for the team, was back at practice Thursday. He’s passed all his post-concussion tests and looks ready to go. Bobby Carpenter started for him last week.

Rookie first round pick Nick Fairley will make his NFL debut, according to Michael C. Wright of the ESPNChicago.com. The Lions won’t confirm Fairley’s status and it’s unlikely he’ll play a huge role in his first game. Fairley missed the entire preseason with a foot injury.

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21 Responses to “Lions defense expects to get Durant, Fairley back in mix”
  1. ike1973 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:54 AM

    5-0 would be nice but it’s not gonna be easy against da bears. Durant and Fairley would certainly help.

  2. detroitrollin22 says: Oct 7, 2011 8:58 AM

    Cant wait to see Fairley…. Go Tigers & Go Lions

  3. klunge says: Oct 7, 2011 9:14 AM

    Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, oh my! It’s a good time to be a Detroit sports fan. Let’s go for the trifecta this weekend!

  4. clavette says: Oct 7, 2011 9:25 AM

    Suh has been double and triple covered more than megatron this year. Fairly coming back will be ridiculous. 2 dtackles that will ragdoll toss the qbs. And against the bears pathetic offensive line.

    Should be a great Monday night game

  5. kingmj4891 says: Oct 7, 2011 9:28 AM

    The noise from the crowd when Fairley enters the game for the first time will be huge (a weapon of itself), Da Bears have better brought their earplugs.

  6. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 7, 2011 9:33 AM

    A few more wins and the Lions will start making believers out of a lot of people…

  7. klunge says: Oct 7, 2011 9:48 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 7, 2011 9:33 AM
    A few more wins and the Lions will start making believers out of a lot of people
    ————————————————

    True, it will take a few more legit wins. Seems there is 2 camps right now: the hype wagon that thinks they’re the best team ever, and the detractors that still think they are a fluke. Some good wins and maybe a couple close losses will hopefully bring everybody’s views back into balance.

    They’re a good team, but are fallible.

  8. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Oct 7, 2011 9:54 AM

    A Lions victory is contingent on two things:

    1). Stopping Julius Peppers
    2). Punting out of bounds

  9. comeonnowguys says: Oct 7, 2011 10:01 AM

    klunge says: Oct 7, 2011 9:48 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 7, 2011 9:33 AM
    A few more wins and the Lions will start making believers out of a lot of people
    ————————————————

    True, it will take a few more legit wins. Seems there is 2 camps right now: the hype wagon that thinks they’re the best team ever, and the detractors that still think they are a fluke. Some good wins and maybe a couple close losses will hopefully bring everybody’s views back into balance.

    They’re a good team, but are fallible.

    _____________________

    Exactly. Also if you say anything that disagrees with one of the camps, that camp automatically paints you as coming from the other.

    Good team showing the potential most thought they had if they could stay healthy. Hype has been getting ridiculous over the past 3 months.

    Both Packer games, the game @ Chicago (not this week), New Orleans and San Diego will give you the best idea of who this team is.

    That Panther game intrigues me, not that I think it’s a good measuring stick. I just think both teams are going to score a crapload of points.

  10. Derty Ernie says: Oct 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    I’d like to see how much Farley can contribute having missed so much already. I just hope he doesn’t re-injure his foot. He looks way over weight from some of the photo’s I’ve seen but don’t honestly know the guy.

  11. comeonnowguys says: Oct 7, 2011 10:05 AM

    And I’m going to have to watch the game on mute. On top of the MNF’s usual super rosy hyperbole, the whole “SPORTS SAVES A CITY” storyline is nauseating [and incorrect], no matter the city. (Hell they even tried to do it years ago with Michigan State in the F4!)

  12. m2karateman says: Oct 7, 2011 10:08 AM

    Fairley will probably be used only in certain pass rush packages. I agree, when he comes on the field the crowd is going to go nuts.
    Having Durant back helps, but Carpenter made a pretty big statement in the Cowboys game as to why he should get more playing time, if not starting outright.
    Suh IS a factor in every game. Teams are gameplanning against him and the d-line by throwing short, timing routes rather than 7 step drop, deep passes. They are altering their offense in response to our pass rush. It basically means that even though Suh and the others aren’t getting tons of sacks, they are having an effect that can’t be measured.

  13. Lev says: Oct 7, 2011 10:13 AM

    Cutler can go back to Dancing With the Stars next week and show him the dance Suh an Fairley taught him….the Run For Yoir Life!!!

    Hahahaha :D

  14. Lev says: Oct 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    Your*

  15. bigboi30 says: Oct 7, 2011 10:21 AM

    An offence that cant be stopped in triple coverage, a defence that has just got better and meaner (if thats possible). I have waited so many years. Barry Sanders calling the pregame. Wake me up, no wait dont. And as for more legit wins, I guess 8-0 (12-0 if u include the oreseason), the NFLs longest active winning streak isnt enough yet? Come on. Every NFL fan needs to accept what every other team already knows, the Lions are an elite team, withe more to come.

  16. motowncool says: Oct 7, 2011 10:31 AM

    klunge says:
    Oct 7, 2011 9:48 AM
    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Oct 7, 2011 9:33 AM
    A few more wins and the Lions will start making believers out of a lot of people
    ————————————————

    True, it will take a few more legit wins. Seems there is 2 camps right now: the hype wagon that thinks they’re the best team ever, and the detractors that still think they are a fluke. Some good wins and maybe a couple close losses will hopefully bring everybody’s views back into balance.

    They’re a good team, but are fallible.

    Your thinking is flawed. Because you place yourself in your own camp. (They’re a good team, but are fallible.)

    Which really is the largest camp out there. I have yet to see or hear anyone say they are the best team ever. (far from it). But I hear everyone say they are up and coming.
    Anyone who says they are the same old Lions is also flawed. (far from that too)

    No one knows how good they are yet, if the keep winning, they will remove all doubt.

  17. polegojim says: Oct 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    @clavette – that’s exactly the point. When you watch the double teams, Suh STILL pushes both blockers into the backfield. It’s freaky.

    Corey Williams is playing well, but has proven to be blockable one-on-one, so Suh gets blanketed.

    Having Suh, Fairley, and Williams rushing, will give D-lines more grief then they’ll face the rest of the year. I wonder how Fairley would if they slid him down as DE to close the pocket and bull rush straight through RBs/TEs. I’d say do that with Williams, but at 320….maybe next year.

    One-on-one, neither Suh or Fairley can be contained, only postponed towards the inevitable.
    They’ll both make Williams better, as he’ll get some ‘free rein’ sacks.

  18. cmutimmah says: Oct 7, 2011 10:57 AM

    clavette says:
    Oct 7, 2011 9:25 AM
    Suh has been double and triple covered more than megatron this year. Fairly coming back will be huge
    ——————-

    Fairley is not going to stop Suh from getting ‘doubled’. Teams will still chip block our DEs and open the guards to provide support blocking Suh’s side. Corey Williams will still start (and jump offsides) all game with Fairley rotated in just like Hill and Flu. If he plays 30 snaps, I’d be shocked.

    Cutler’s offense is designed for him to wait for routes to open up… this could be a huge game for the D line.

  19. hatesycophants says: Oct 7, 2011 11:59 AM

    Slow start relative to what?

    You continue to suck, Roseweed.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers! Go Tigers!

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 7, 2011 2:56 PM

    Can’t wait to see what their line looks like when Fairley is 100%. The only defensive line that can rival ours.

  21. 6ball says: Oct 7, 2011 4:27 PM

    .

    Every Lions game is meaningful. That’s the first level of NFL success. The next step is to make the playoffs and they’re off to a good start there. After that, who knows?
    Sometimes playoff games are decided on one play.

    Welcome back Detroit, we’ve missed you.

    .

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