Caldwell Says Fairley Is On Lions' Second Team
Tuesday Aug 19, 2014 12:00am
(ALLEN PARK) - A week ago, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into the fact that Nick Fairley wasn't working with the starters during practice. Now, he's declaring that Fairley, the defensive tackle who was Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, is definitively working with the second team. Fairley started the first preseason game against Cleveland but was demoted last week in favor of 10 year veteran C.J. Mosley. Fairley played 15 snaps against Oakland on Friday night, the fewest of any Lions defensive tackle. In those snaps, he made one tackle but was often pushed off the ball. On Saturday, Caldwell said Fairley "played better" against the Raiders, although he didn't go into more specifics. Fairley declined to comment to the media Saturday, saying "not today." On Monday, he was not in the Detroit locker room during media access. The Lions declined the fifth-year option on Fairley during the offseason. At the time, general manager Martin Mayhew said it was in part to try to motivate Fairley, who has struggled with consistency throughout his career.