As the Detroit Lions prepare to get into the full swing of the offseason by entering Organized Team Activities, they have announced that one of their key defensive tackles will be in attendance while the other will be out of action. Ndakumong Suh will attend the OTAs for Detroit, while his fellow starter Nick Fairley has been forced out with a medical issue.
Their is no exact word on why Fairley will be out, but the news comes after he had a procedure” for a medical issue.
That is all of the information that has been provided by Lions head coach Jim Caldwell.
While Caldwell was unwilling to provide a clearer update on the 2011 first-round pick, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press passed along news that Fairley has been dealing with sleep apnea.
Earlier in the offseason, the Lions decided against picking up Fairley’s fifth-year team option, so he is entering the final year of his rookie deal. After what was a bit of a breakout season for the defensive tackle in 2013, Fairley will hope to report to the team as soon as he is fully recovered so that he can pick up where he left off a year ago.
If Fairley is able to put together another strong season on the field, he could be in for a huge pay day come the offseason.