Nick Fairley

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after the Lions victory against the Chicago Bears on November 10, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears 21-19. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Fairley On How Injury Will Impact His Free Agency: ‘I Can’t Avoid Thinking About It’

In Fairley’s eyes, a return this season is still a realistic possibility.

CBS Detroit–12/03/2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:   Rashean Mathis #31 of the Detroit Lions (R) helps injured  Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions off field during the NFL match between Detroit Lions and  Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Lions Remain Stout Despite New Faces On Line

The Detroit Lions are playing without several key players along the offensive and defensive lines due to injury — and it hasn’t hurt them much.

97.1 The Ticket–12/02/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions sacks quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Vikings 34-24. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Still No Clarity On When Fairley Will Return

“He’s still in the evaluation process,” Caldwell said.

CBS Detroit–11/07/2014

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Jordan Thompson #82 of the Detroit Lions is brought down by Jimmy Gaines #45 of the Buffalo Bills after a reception during the second half of a preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Lions Release Jerome Couplin, Jordan Thompson

The Detroit Lions may be making another transaction soon.

CBS Detroit–11/03/2014

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22:  Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions watches the action from the sidelines during the first quarter of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field on August 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 13-12.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions’ Fairley, Falcons’ Carimi And Smith Injured

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley injured his right knee Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons and was ruled out for the game, dealing a blow to the Lions’ league-leading pass rush.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22:  Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions watches the action from the sidelines during the first quarter of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field on August 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 13-12.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lions DT Nick Fairley Leaves Falcons Game With Knee Injury

Fairley was injured as he hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on a 3rd-down pass play that was incomplete. Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh, rushing Ryan from the other side, crashed into Fairley.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 14:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions pass rushes against Ryan Kalil #67 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 24-7.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Fairley On Lions Defense: ‘We Can Be The Best Ever’

Nick Fairley said Sunday that he believes the Lions defense can be more effective than any other defense in the NFL – past or present.

CBS Detroit–10/13/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 21: Don Carey #26 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a first quarter fumble return touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on September 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Defense Helps Lions Overcome Mistakes On Offense, Special Teams

“We haven’t arrived,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, “but I think our guys, in this particular game, we were headed in the right direction.”

CBS Detroit–09/21/2014

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 21: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on September 21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Defensive Line Dominant Again As Players Embrace Mentality Of No Weak Links

The group has been confident before, but Sunday’s showing against Rodgers & Co. certainly did not hurt.

CBS Detroit–09/21/2014

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after the Lions victory against the Chicago Bears on November 10, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears 21-19. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Caldwell On Fairley’s Development: ‘What Nick Does Is Up To Nick’

“Something might be a catalyst, another teammate, but I think in this particular case, it’s up to Nick. He’s the guy that’s going to make the difference.”

CBS Detroit–09/05/2014

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