Nick Fairley’s foot injury was mostly dismissed as minor when x-rays came back negative. The news has only gotten worse since then.
Fairley was on the field for practice yesterday, albeit in a boot that prevented him from participating. Speculation started circulating that the injury may be a stress fracture. He was nowhere to be found today and Jim Schwartz said Fairley had made his way to North Carolina to visit a specialist.
A quick scan of internet resources say a stress fracture typically won’t show up on a standard x-ray and only heals with rest in a cast or walking boot. Length of recovery depends on the location and severity of the injury but typically ranges from four to eight weeks but sometimes longer. Tom Brady dealt with a foot stress fracture for most of the 2010 season but did not miss a game.
Now all we can do is wait for the results of Dr. Richard Anderson’s examination and hope that Fairley returns to the field soon. My article about the Lions making the right decision in maintaining their depth at defensive tackle is particularly appropriate now…