Brown could provide a boost to a unit that will lose talented depth this season even if it does not lose its star.
Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier in the week it would be a “miracle” if Fairley could play this weekend, but Fairley looked trim and active during the portion of practice open to reporters.
In Fairley’s eyes, a return this season is still a realistic possibility.
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.
“He’s still in the evaluation process,” Caldwell said.
The Detroit Lions may be making another transaction soon.
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.
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.
Nick Fairley said Sunday that he believes the Lions defense can be more effective than any other defense in the NFL – past or present.
“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.”