Already without Ndamukong Suh, who’s serving the final game of his two-game suspension, the Lions have lost another major catalyst on the defensive line. Nick Fairley, who’s played sparingly in his rookie season, is inactive today because of more foot problems.
More bad news for Detroit: after practicing Friday, leaving him questionable for today, running back Kevin Smith is officially inactive with an ankle injury.
Both losses will hurt the Lions when they face the Vikings today.
Fairley has missed five games this season while dealing with a foot injury suffered in the preseason, and after playing well last week in the first quarter vs. the Saints -- he recorded three tackles and finally got his first career sack -- he reaggravated his foot injury. According to this Detroit Free Press story, Fairley is experiencing soreness where he had a screw inserted into his foot after his initial injury.
"We'll just see how he goes through this week," Schwartz said earlier this week about Fairley. "He (got X rays on Sunday) and everything was looking good and everything else, but it just didn't make a whole lot of sense to put him out there (at practice)."
Smith suffered a high ankle sprain on Thanksgiving, but he still managed to play last week, touching the ball 12 times for 80 yards. But on Friday, via the Free Press, Smith pulled up during a receiving drill during practice and he couldn’t finish the workout. Without him in the lineup, Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams can expect more touches.
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