Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is once again risking his starting spot. The 2011 first round draft pick for Detroit from Auburn has been plagued by health and legal issues throughout his short career and now might see himself on the bench because of his inconsistent weight.
MLive’s Kyle Meinke reports that Fairley lost nearly 30 pounds before minicamp this year, but then put 10 more pounds back on after the break.
Fairley was 291 pounds in his final season at Auburn where they won the national championship. He came into the combine at 295 pounds and then last season he listed over 320 pounds.
According to MLive, Lions GM Martin Mayhew said that he wanted Fairley to “reposition some of that weight.”
Detroit soon after did not pick up Fairley’s 2015 option.
While his weight continues to fluctuate, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell tells MLive that he’s not worried.
“We’re pleased that Nick is moving in the right direction,” Caldwell said. “He’s coming through some difficult times this spring, just in terms of a couple physical ailments, but I think they’ve helped him in terms of his surgeries and I think he’ll be better for it.”
Fairley is currently running with the second team at practice despite his 22 tackles and six sacks last season.
If Nick Fairley gets his health under control, we’ll see him next to Ndamukong Suh on the first Monday night of football. The Lions seem unconcerned, but they haven’t been afraid to sit Fairley before.