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Nick Fairley packing on the pounds, dropping on the depth chart


Weight continues to be a problem for Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Early this offseason the Lions declined the 2015 option on Fairley’s contract in part because they hoped that playing for a new deal next year would motivate him to lose weight. At first, that worked well — actually, too well, as Fairley lost around 30 pounds and got down to 295, which the team said was too skinny. Fairley then gained back about 10 pounds, and apparently all was well.

But now reports that Fairley has continued to pack on the pounds, and has been demoted to the second-team defense in practice this week.

Given how many calories are burned during August practices, and given that players are confined in close quarters where healthy food is provided by the team, it seems almost inconceivable that a player could gain excessive body fat during training camp. It’s hard to understand how Fairley could balloon up at this time of year.

Whatever is going on with Fairley, he’s now running with the second team. Not where he wants to be heading into a contract year.

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  1. jimmysee says: Aug 13, 2014 5:40 AM

    It’s that Big Mac delivery service!

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 13, 2014 5:42 AM

    295 too skinny? How crazy is that.

  3. staffordsyear says: Aug 13, 2014 5:42 AM

    Good thing the lions declined that option, tons of talent but has the Haynesworth affliction.

  4. gammynomnom says: Aug 13, 2014 5:42 AM

    No way is he on second team when the season starts. The Lions are just preplanning trying to be cheap… because they are the lions. You DON’T pack on fat in training camp. You gain Muscle and muscle weighs more than fat, They are playing games with this guy.

  5. wryly1 says: Aug 13, 2014 5:55 AM

    Unless he’s got cheetohs, chocolates and fried chicken stockpiled in his room, there is probably a medical reason why he’s gaining weight during training camp. On the field, Fairley has been been an un disciplined under-achiever. With all the big money, big names and high draft picks Detroit has invested in their DL, they just aren’t very good at either stopping the run or pressuring the passer

  6. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 13, 2014 5:56 AM

    Not that surprising. The Lions are a dumpster fire of an NFL team. It will only get worse before it gets better, especially with a half garbage rosters.

  7. brainslicer says: Aug 13, 2014 6:44 AM

    I don’t think the training camps of today are as calorically stressful as those of previous decades.

  8. starfan79 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:48 AM

    He will be cowboy next year where we like our lineman big and sloppy.. Hopefully get him on the cheap too.

  9. GenXJay says: Aug 13, 2014 6:53 AM

    with his troubles of binge drinking ( & then driving) behind him, his addiction to food has launched.

  10. footballfan72 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:54 AM

    Hope it’s not a medical issue. Not gonna clown him without knowing what’s going on with him. It’s just football and life is more important.

  11. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 13, 2014 6:55 AM


  12. campcouch says: Aug 13, 2014 7:03 AM

    Decline option, decline in production. A easy way to get released, traded or move on after the season.

  13. cardmagnet says: Aug 13, 2014 7:14 AM

    Maybe he has a thyroid problem or other medical condition. Ignorant.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Aug 13, 2014 7:18 AM

    Usually the Lions wait until the final 8 games to fall apart. Apparently, they want to get a head start on the 2014 season.

  15. revelation123 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:21 AM

    Maybe he’s hoping for a Gilbert Brown-type food endorsement; the Gilbert Burger.

    Gilbert Brown was 350 pounds and not only helped plug up arteries, but holes on the Packers’ Super Bowl Championship DLine. The Lions don’t seem to be interested in championships though, so this is no surprise.

  16. beattention says: Aug 13, 2014 7:25 AM

    Maybe he is depressed because he lives in Detroit.

  17. djcologne says: Aug 13, 2014 7:28 AM

    I’m fairley certain he’s hanging out with Grimus and the Hamburglar after practice…….mystery solved!

  18. Indybear says: Aug 13, 2014 7:28 AM

    He’s just trying to model himself after Packers team lardo, BJ Raji.

  19. bassplucker says: Aug 13, 2014 7:30 AM

    I was wondering how long that weight loss would last. Also makes me wonder how he achieved it in the first place.

  20. andreboy1 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:33 AM

    Maybe he’s just not that talented?

    We’ve seen other SEC lineman dominate in college (Glen Dorsey) and then be average in the pros.

    When I watch him play he doesn’t jump off the screen like Suh or Watt.

  21. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:38 AM

    When I saw him against the Browns the other night my first thought was “man, he’s really getting fat”

  22. exboomer says: Aug 13, 2014 7:42 AM

    Time to do a bed check and remove all the KFC and Doritos he has hidden in his room.

  23. tv426 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:46 AM

    This fits everything that plagued him coming out of college – that he is basically lazy. The Lions had to know this before they drafted him. Lazy people get even lazier when someone hands them millions of dollars.

  24. gerryf19 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:47 AM

    I love it when people make uninformed statements … Detroit allowed the 6 least rushing yards, and was among the league leaders in hurries, hits and sacks last year. Sounds like a pretty good run stopping, pass rushing team. The problem is the secondary…when a QB does connect, it is with devastating impact, but could you at least give credit where it is due?

  25. 4thandlonger says: Aug 13, 2014 7:48 AM

    Just how much work do these guys do in training camp. No doubt each live rep takes a lot of energy. But then it’s just standing around on the sidelines whilst other strings work.

    Combined with copious sugary sports drinks and buffet dining (even if healthy food) I think it wouldn’t be impossible to gain weight and not improve conditioning in camp.

    You always see how gassed these guys are in the first game.

  26. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 13, 2014 7:58 AM

    Fat, lazy, useless. You can spot these guys from a mile away. I wouldn’t have drafted this guy if you paid me, Clowney is another one.

  27. kreplachistan says: Aug 13, 2014 8:01 AM

    Private Pyle! What is that in your foot locker?

    A Jelly Doughnut?!?!?

    Is chow allowed in the barracks Private Pyle?

  28. oldbyrd says: Aug 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    I hear he’s doing fairly well.

  29. micknangold says: Aug 13, 2014 8:06 AM

    Hard to figure out? It’s football camp, not prison. He has access to the outside world.

  30. irishhockey84 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:09 AM

    Soo.. You tell him he’s too fat and he goes and loses weight. Then you tell him he lost too much weight and goes and packs on more weight. And now you tell him he’s too fat again? Damn if you do, damn if you don’t.

  31. brianc34 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:15 AM

    Crazy that fans in Houston and all over wanted us to draft this guy instead of JJ Watt.

  32. bostoncommon says: Aug 13, 2014 8:22 AM

    No way is he on second team when the season starts. The Lions are just preplanning trying to be cheap… because they are the lions. You DON’T pack on fat in training camp. You gain Muscle and muscle weighs more than fat, They are playing games with this guy.
    Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat. A pound of feathers does not weigh less than a pound od iron. A POUND WEIGHS A POUND. But muscle weighs more by VOLUME….i.e.., a pound of muscle looks nice and sleek and a pound of fat is lumpy and puffy and twice as big. But they *both* weigh a pound. Think about it: how can a pound weigh more/less than a pound? Google the picture.

  33. DonKellyBaby says: Aug 13, 2014 8:23 AM

    The Lions are letting Suh & Fairley walk next season and switching to a 3-4 Defense.

    Kyle Van Noy & Ansah at OLBs
    Levy & Tulloch on as ILBs

    Draft and sign a NT & another 5 Tech.

  34. flexx91 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:25 AM

    How are they “cheap” when he’s in the final year of his rookie contract and was not offered the 5th year option?

    So far though, he is a 1st round bust.

  35. natelan says: Aug 13, 2014 8:25 AM

    We need a NT. Welcome to San Diego! Do you like fish tacos? Very healthy!

  36. wupsumskul says: Aug 13, 2014 8:28 AM

    He’s prob smoking reefer again.

  37. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 13, 2014 8:30 AM

    “Healthy food” has nothing to do with gaining weight. Calories in > calories burned = weight gain. He could eat nothing but salad and gain weight if he ate enough. (Ridiculous example since it would take truck loads of salad for a guy that size, but it highlights the point)

  38. Oh, Steeler Nation! We paved the way for the game at its height, but Goodell and the Goons© have destroyed what we've built. They're terrified of our departure. God's will cannot be stopped. SFL 2015 (after SB #7): restoring the game. #thankus says: Aug 13, 2014 8:34 AM


  39. billsfan1 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:43 AM

    Actually muscle does not weigh more than fat…It is more dense than fat and therefore by volume it appears to be larger. But think about it; a pound is a pound is a pound.

    If i were the Lions I would ask one of two things. How the hell is he gaining all this weight (if he is) or is there a health issue going on undetected.

  40. tunechi90 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:48 AM

    All players (except rookies) usually have their own car while at camp. Thus Nick can easily drive right down the street to McDonalds or Burger King. With no more two-a-days training camp is actually easier than it used to be and with a lot of free time at night Nick can very easily be eating out after night meetings, usually ending at 8PM, and before the curfew which is usually 11PM.

  41. staaaafford says: Aug 13, 2014 8:50 AM

    The Lions are one of the better teams at stopping the run. The pass game is where they falter.

  42. mvp43 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:53 AM

    Hmm………. the munchies.

  43. scantenii says: Aug 13, 2014 8:55 AM

    It is still early, I hope he turns it around. I was hoping he was going to show the Lions something this year and they would resign him. I think Suh is gone after this year.

  44. cakesw says: Aug 13, 2014 8:56 AM

    This is a nutritional and weight training issue….

    It’s one thing to let this happen to a regular guy…

    But a professional athlete ????

    The lions need to take a good long look at their training staff.

  45. britishteeth says: Aug 13, 2014 8:57 AM

    He’s gonna look awesomely obese after he’s been out of the league 5 years. Which should be about six years from now.

  46. cavonnier says: Aug 13, 2014 8:59 AM

    Another SEC gem of a player…

  47. longhairdontcare66 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:03 AM

    Doesn’t Domino’s still have the $5 $5 $5 deal? Pretty sure they deliver.

  48. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says: Aug 13, 2014 9:08 AM

    Nate Burleson is bringing him some pizzas.

  49. twelsh36446 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:09 AM

    Suh resigns this year and Fairley is gone after this season. Fairley came into camp overweight, and continues to stuff his face. This is why he is on the second team. He needs to either get with the program or screw up his contract year. Schwartz is gone and so will he if he doesn’t start playing the game Caldwell set forth for him. I wouldn’t resign him because once he gets the money he will be the same lazy bum he has always been.

  50. notthetroll says: Aug 13, 2014 9:15 AM

    I can’t see how weight in this case is a cause and effect situation. Maybe he’s just dogging it and the vet is playing a little better right now. If he needs motivation, that’s far more of a concern than a few pounds here and there.

  51. bassplucker says: Aug 13, 2014 9:18 AM

    He’s not fat, he’s just big-boned.

  52. pslbucfan says: Aug 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    Looks like Fairley is going the way of Gilbert Brown

  53. pftcoachmen says: Aug 13, 2014 9:28 AM

    Its ok.

    Great dt’s oversized.

    Ted Washington, pat Williams, Jerry ball, William Perry, Keith traylor.

    He’ll be a dominant run stuffer.

  54. 700levelvet says: Aug 13, 2014 9:28 AM

    He’s the definition of a bust

  55. packergator says: Aug 13, 2014 9:38 AM

    Yet another Lions draft bust, but they can’t blame Matt Millen for it this time.

  56. codythao35 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:53 AM

    The word is busted. Lions have the second in terms of drafting busted players next to the cheese heads in little WI is first. LOL!!!!

  57. codythao35 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:54 AM

    But but but it’s the coaches. I bet if he was on the Vikings squad with Zimmer he’ll be very good.

  58. timmmah10 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:06 AM

    Kind of hard to call a guy a bust when he has been pretty productive when he’s been on the field.

    Also, the Lions aren’t saying they are demoting him based on fat. The media is. CJ Mosley has played well when he’s gotten chances, and this might be a way to 1: Light a fire under an at times disinterested Fairley and 2: Get Fairley’s price tag down so they can resign one of their DTs since neither Suh or Fairley are under contract as of right now for next year.

  59. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:17 AM

    The actor?!

  60. ahs2 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:17 AM

    Told ya Mayhew, shoulda drafted Aaron Donald instead of the TE

  61. deweyaxewound says: Aug 13, 2014 10:17 AM

    Another shining example of “discipline” and restraint from the classless Lions.

    You can put all the lipstick on that pig that you want (hiring Caldwell), but it’s still all-hog in Detroit.

  62. purpleguy says: Aug 13, 2014 10:55 AM

    Thought the off-season reports indicated he changed his ways, but I guess that chunky leopard hasn’t changed his spots after all.

  63. suave26 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:05 AM

    Is that Rick Ross on the football field?

  64. Shinnbone says: Aug 13, 2014 11:15 AM

    Greek Yogurt.

  65. sc5000 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:20 AM

    “Are you allowed to eat jelly donuts Private Pile?”

  66. banky74 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:30 AM

    He’s not fat he’s festively plump.

  67. schmitty2 says: Aug 13, 2014 11:51 AM

    He needs to concentrate on stopping the runs to McDonalds and concentrate on stopping the run on the field.

  68. iowamiah says: Aug 13, 2014 12:44 PM

    Madden 15 has him at 91 overall. Lol

  69. billsfan1 says: Aug 13, 2014 12:54 PM

    Told ya Mayhew, shoulda drafted Aaron Donald instead of the TE

    I think TE is vastly important in any offense but I do not see the point of drafting 2 TE in the 1st round in a 3-4 yr stretch just seems odd

    Not that I think it was a bad pick necessarily but I assume it wasnt the most dire need.

  70. patbetw says: Aug 13, 2014 2:19 PM

    Has anyone seen Mathew Stafford lately?

  71. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 13, 2014 2:37 PM

    calvinthegreat81 says:
    Aug 12, 2014 6:40 PM
    Jared Allen is a hillbilly. I won’t forget him talking trash about the city of Detroit just before we smoked the viks by 20 a few years back. Really? You have been in depressing Minnesota for years and you want to talk smack about a decent city. This guy is washed up and has been for a bit now. Go live in your tree blind and hunt ur self some deer and don’t come back.


    Jared Allen will bury Stafford and terrible Lions.

    Uncle Charlie says:
    Aug 12, 2014 9:35 PM
    There’s an endorsement…Detroit, it’s a decent city*.

    *Excluded are violent crime, race crime, default, homelessness, rampant unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and the Lions.

    9 1

    LOL! Detroit is the armpit of the US and everyone knows it.

  72. hacksaw44 says: Aug 14, 2014 7:44 PM

    The Lions knew what they were getting when they drafted Fatley.
    Robert Quinn was sitting there but they didn’t take him … wouldn’t he look good in Lions uniform right now!
    Farley will play this year but I don’t expect that they are going to get much out of him, and if he doesn’t show the Lions something, he’s going to be playing somewhere else next year.

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