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.

72 responses to “Nick Fairley packing on the pounds, dropping on the depth chart

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. Private Pyle! What is that in your foot locker?

    A Jelly Doughnut?!?!?

    Is chow allowed in the barracks Private Pyle?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. “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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Its ok.

    Great dt’s oversized.

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

    He’ll be a dominant run stuffer.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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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