“We’ll be able to check with the doctors after today’s practice,” Caldwell said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get some snaps.”
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows – has always known – that the success of the Lions rests on his shoulders.
Fairley, Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2011, has entered the final season of his contract with the Lions.
Generally speaking, Caldwell said to expect most of the first string to play the entire first half and come back out for the second half.
According to the ALS Association, that organization and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 12.
Fairley, whose fifth-year option the Lions declined to pick up after an inconsistent 2013, refused to talk with reporters after practice.
Caldwell agreed that there was a cheerfulness to practice, but he thought it had little to do with the tunes.
“I thought he was just going to give it to me to give it to me,” Slay said, laughing.
Stephen Tulloch said fans can expect to see a better defense in 2014 than they saw in 2013.
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