When everyone is available, depth at defensive tackle is one of the strengths of the Detroit Lions. But now the Lions are thin enough at the position that they’re bringing in reinforcements.
With Ndamukong Suh suspended and Nick Fairley injured, MLive.com reports that the Lions have signed veteran defensive tackle Jovan Haye, who has been out of the league since the Titans cut him in August. Haye played for Lions head coach Jim Schwartz when Schwartz was the Titans’ defensive coordinator, and he worked out for the Lions last month.
Fairley, the Lions’ first-round draft pick, has looked good when he’s been on the field, but he hasn’t been on the field very often, and he doesn’t expect to play Sunday against the Vikings. Fairley suffered a foot injury in training camp and is trying, slowly but surely, to get himself back to 100 percent. But he suffered a setback on Sunday against the Saints, and it’s been a long, hard process to get him healthy.
So when the Lions play the Vikings, a healthy Adrian Peterson will face a depleted defensive line.