The Detroit Lions’ first round pick Nick Fairley was back at practice today but he isn’t ready to participate yet. He recently had a cast removed from his injured foot and now finds himself back in a walking boot. The boot allows the injury to continue the healing process while giving Fairley the mobility necessary to get back on the field, albeit as a spectator.
Fairley’s foot may have him unable to practice but that doesn’t mean the time has been wasted. He explains:
I just use this time to be in the film room more — get my mental reps done.
Jim Schwartz would obviously rather have Fairley on the field but if he has any concerns about detrimental effects of the injury, he’s hiding it pretty well. Schwartz had the following to say about Fairley’s work while dealing with the injured foot:
He’s done a good job in the meetings, done a good job in the weight room, and doing what he can do. And when he’s healthy he’ll be ready.
There still isn’t a timetable for Nick Fairley’s full return to action but Fairley and Schwartz are using words like “soon” and “day-by-day”.