Nov 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) after being sacked in the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Put Nick Fairley on IR

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.

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  • brucekennedy

    Is this going to be the story on Nicky? Is he the next Louis Delmas? Great talent when he plays, but he never plays because he is habitually injured.
    How did the Lions do this year in sacks? I seem to recall that the “Side Lion Report” was keeping track of that at the beginning of the season. And in the end, was Averil worth the “Franchise Tag”. Personally I leave all the assessments of the Lion’s Defense up to you experts, but from a layman’s point of view I was less than impressed with the Lion’s Defense. Maybe expectations were set to high at the beginning of the season. I know they were for the Lion’s overall performance. I’m sure many Lion’s fans were expecting another trip to the playoffs, with the hope of a better showing than last year.

    • Zac Snyder

      Regarding Fairley, it’s a fair question to ask but with Schwartz saying surgery is not required (at least at the moment) part of me wonders how much going to IR has to do with the this being the end of a disappointing season for the team. I’m not saying it wouldn’t have happened if the Lions were making a playoff push but it’s worth considering.

      As for the sack numbers, the Lions fell so far off the pace it wasn’t worth tracking them against the league leaders. It is a big area of disappointment and one that needs to be addressed. I will have more about the defense in general once the season ends but I thought Mike did a good job this week discussing the disappointment of the pass rush here: