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Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:07 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

There were many concerns surrounding Auburn DT Nick Fairley leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. In fact, such concerns are precisely why he fell to the Lions at No. 13 overall. (For the record, we loved the pick.)

One of those concerns wasn't "injury" necessarily, but it's already become a problem for the Lions just a few days into the 2011 season, as Fairley's at Lions practice with a walking boot on his left foot after injuring it in drills Monday.

"It's not [a big setback] at all," Fairley said, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press. "I'm doing whatever I can do to get ready to get back as soon as I can."

Yes, it would be safe to wonder when exactly "as soon" as he can will be. Well, all Fairley could offer was, "really don't know yet."

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was a little less vague.

"Still doing some tests on him and having a lot of different people look at his stuff, but he’s down for now, and we’ll see what happens," Schwartz said, also per Birkett.

The walking boot isn't the end of the world, of course, and it's probably better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a first-round investment like Fairley especially just 24 hours after his injury.

But concern will certainly arise with respect to Fairley's conditioning if the injury lingers and/or he's not available soon after the injury. That isn't necessarily a reflection on him, but it's how things work with NFL and the expectations that come along with being a first-round pick who slips because of work-ethic concerns.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice



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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:07 am
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

I smell the future Albert Haynesworth. Plays great in a contract year and takes plays off the rest of the time.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:40 am
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

Who is this author?

Sounds like he's pulling an "I told you this guy was trouble" because he got hurt. 

This is football....if you don't get hurt once in a while you're probably not trying hard enough. 




Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

Nick Fairley is in great shape not good great. He took his conditing test then ran team drills. Coach Schwartz said he is in great shape. Fluke injury has nothing to do with what shape he is in.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

you guys, this blog stuff is supposed to be conjecture and opinion type stuff, not necessarily source backed factual information.  So i'd take it as nothing but a logical, if not necessarily true, line of thinking.

BTW, thats why I read the blog entries of all the writers at CBS sportsline before I read the fact based newspaper type articles.  I don't necessarily agree with the conjecture but I enjoy reading peoples opinions on things over reading cold, hard fact based articles sometimes.




Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

and this is why they went to the lock out.  they didnt want to pay a rookie 65 million for wearing a boot.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Nick Fairley in walking boot at Lions practice

What does anybody's work ethic have to do with a player needing to wear a walking boot because of an injury?
We dont know for sure that Fairley's injury is related to being out of shape -- which would call into question is off season work ethic.  If you don't work hard and are out of shape, you get tired faster, muscles are weaker and injuries are more likely to happen.  Again, I concede injuries happen to even the hardest workers in the league sometimes -- but the less shape you're in the more likely an injury becomes.  That is all the article says.


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