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Fairley out of OTAs after undisclosed “procedure”

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Teams aren’t required to say anything about player injuries until the Wednesday before the first regular-season game.  The Lions have provided quite the tease more than three months before having to spill the beans.

Coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday that defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the team’s first-round pick in 2011, will miss Organized Team Activities due to a “medical issue” for which Fairly “had a procedure,” via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Caldwell didn’t specify the condition or the procedure; Birkett reports that Fairley has been dealing with sleep apnea.

Whatever it is, it’s enough to keep Fairley away from offseason practice sessions in what has become his contract year, thanks to the team’s decision not to exercise his fifth-year option.  Without knowing more about his condition or prognosis, it’s impossible to rule out the notion that the Lions opted not to extend his contract through 2015 for reasons other than providing him with motivation in 2014.

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19 Responses to “Fairley out of OTAs after undisclosed “procedure””
  1. tv426 says: May 21, 2014 7:42 AM

    Probably had a doughnut stuck in his throat.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: May 21, 2014 7:51 AM

    Do you remember (in high school) those kids who always had “vacation” during two-a-days?!?

    Players who schedule their surgeries OTAs are the same type of lazy pieces of excrement.

  3. bassplucker says: May 21, 2014 8:08 AM

    Tremendous talent but hasn’t come close to putting it all together to be a consistent contributor. God help the rest of the NFC North if he and Suh ever start clicking together at the same time but so far we have seen very little of that. He’s not a bust but has definitely been a disappointment.

  4. iceburgskin202 says: May 21, 2014 8:11 AM

    They say gastric bypass only keeps you out of work 3 or 4 days!

  5. dudermcrbohan says: May 21, 2014 8:12 AM

    moob reduction

  6. noochieleon says: May 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    Ho hum….tsk tsk….yawn….

  7. britishteeth says: May 21, 2014 8:29 AM


  8. couldziggybetheansah says: May 21, 2014 8:47 AM

    … I’m pretty sure he didn’t undergo a procedure for eat apnea.

  9. grantsbuds says: May 21, 2014 9:05 AM

    Tummy tuck?

  10. jxt2521 says: May 21, 2014 9:06 AM

    If only he went to a team with a strong, hard working pro at DT to mentor him. Why the lions never got someone like that to get the max out of him and suh is beyond me.

  11. DonKellyBaby says: May 21, 2014 9:44 AM

    There was a reason why he slipped in the draft. Mayhew completely blew the 2011 draft.

    1. Nick Fairley- highly talented player, but also came with a lot of character concerns

    2A. Titus Young- exciting WR that could have been an excellent X WR across from Calvin Johnson; however, he came with A LOT of character concerns and was out of the league in 1.5 years.

    2B. Mikel LeShoure- Traded back into the 2nd round to select a power RB to play with Jahvid Best. LeShoure gets arrested twice in one offseason due to pot possession and has yet to make an impact for the Lions.

  12. skoobyfl says: May 21, 2014 9:57 AM

    So basically their saying he overslept.

  13. farmmbig says: May 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    Yep— Their refusal to pick-up his fifth year (rookie) option really seems to be motivating this player (insert sarcasm).

  14. purpleguy says: May 21, 2014 10:54 AM

    He was undergoing a work ethic transplant procedure.

  15. singisking says: May 21, 2014 11:15 AM

    Fairley always reminds me of Big Mama from ‘Big Mama’s House’..

  16. omniscient48 says: May 21, 2014 11:17 AM

    Fertility treatment?

  17. DonKellyBaby says: May 21, 2014 11:59 AM

    3 fellow Lions fans are idiots for “thumbing down” my comment about Mayhew’s blown 2011 draft.

  18. wisconsinhillfolk says: May 21, 2014 1:18 PM

    Reports suggest Fairley had an emergency gravy transfusion.

  19. sbmcintosh36 says: May 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    Maybe he was getting the dumb sucked out of his head

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