Nick Fairley was enjoying a break out season before a shoulder injury forced him to the sidelines. Now it has ended his season.
The Detroit Lions announced today that Fairley has been placed on injured reserve. He ends the season with 5.5 sacks, currently the team’s third-highest total behind Cliff Avril‘s 9.5 and Ndamukong Suh‘s 6.5. Fairley and Suh had been coming on strong, becoming the disruptive tandem the Lions envisioned when they used first round picks in consecutive years to acquire the highly touted defensive tackles.
To fill Fairley’s spot on the 53-man roster, the Lions have signed defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo. Nwagbuo went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2008 but has spent some time with the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.
The Lions started the season with a deep rotation at defensive tackle but that has been cut in half thanks to the losses of Fairley and Corey Williams. Expect a heavy dose of Ndamukong Suh, Sammie Hill and Andre Fluellen on Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons.