Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin explained Wednesday why he demoted Nick Fairley from his role of starting defensive tackle.
Fairley, Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2011, has entered the final season of his contract with the Lions.
Fairley, whose fifth-year option the Lions declined to pick up after an inconsistent 2013, refused to talk with reporters after practice.
Mosley did not want to make too much of the redistribution of reps, and he said he does not know if he is a starter.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley won’t spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Ndamukong Suh has said many times before that his focus is on the team and not him personally.
For now, Fairley is staying mum on whether he is exciting about testing the market.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Fairley’s absence was related to an injury, one that evidently necessitated surgery.
The Lions have characterized the move as a strategy to get more out of Fairley, who has a reputation for playing incredibly well in some moments and performing marginally in others.
Calling the NFL to discuss penalties is nothing new. This time, though, Jim Schwartz expects more of a concession than an explanation.