Nick Fairley, Doug Free listed as doubtful for Lions-Cowboys clash

AP

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley expressed some optimism about his chances of playing against the Cowboys on Sunday after returning to practice for the first time in a couple of months this week, but the Lions don’t share his rosy outlook.

Detroit listed Fairley as doubtful on their final injury report of the week, a designation that leaves him with a 25 percent chance of playing. That means that we’ll likely have to wait a little longer to see Fairley in a divisional round game against the Seahawks or a lot longer before he’s ready to start offseason work.

With free agency looming, that work could be in Detroit or it could be somewhere else. Right guard Larry Warford isn’t running the same risk that his time with the Lions will be over after Sunday, but he won’t play against Dallas after hurting his knee last week. Travis Swanson will start in his place after replacing Dominic Raiola at center last week.

For the Cowboys, right tackle Doug Free is doubtful because of an ankle injury. Free has missed the last two games and Jermey Parnell should remain in the starting lineup. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens is questionable with an ankle injury and defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford will also be a weekend call due to an illness.

10 responses to “Nick Fairley, Doug Free listed as doubtful for Lions-Cowboys clash

  1. Tyrone Crawford would be a WAY understated loss for Dallas, most of the beat-writers would say he’s been the best defender in the 2nd half of the season even over scandrick or McClain.

    Without him Stafford is going to have very little pressure in his face giving him all day to throw meaning we might see Stafford closer to his best than he has been this year which is a scary thought for a suspect Dallas defense.

  2. rlpft says:
    Whoever play RT for the Cowboys is going to have a long day, Suh is going to dominate…

    Oh you’re talking about the only All-Pro Rookie in the NFL Zack Martin?

  3. doomsdaydefensetx says:
    Jan 2, 2015 5:29 PM

    Oh you’re talking about the only All-Pro Rookie in the NFL Zack Martin?

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    I’m guessing not since Zack Martin doesn’t play RT…

  4. You all would be funnier if you just said “your mamma wears combat boots”. smh #LionsVsEverybody

  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jan 2, 2015 5:29 PM

    rlpft says:
    Whoever play RT for the Cowboys is going to have a long day, Suh is going to dominate…

    Oh you’re talking about the only All-Pro Rookie in the NFL Zack Martin?
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    Try and learn what position Zach Martin plays before commenting.

  6. Martin is the RG. Parnell is filling in for Free at RT. Leary is the LG and Smith is the LT. Just wanted to clear that up for the people who are a little confused. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

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