NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04: Running back Mark Ingram #28 of the New Orleans Saints is hit by defensive tackle Nick Fairley #98 of the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Nick Fairley Injury: Lions DT In Boot After Tweaking Foot

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley re-injured his foot against the New Orleans Saints. On Wednesday, he was wearing a boot.

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Lions Vs. Bears: Nick Fairley Active For Monday Night Football

Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley is going to make his debut on the big stage of ESPN's Monday Night Football. After being out since the start of August with a broken foot, Fairley fully practiced all last week and is set to make his debut on Monday night for the Lions. He is active for the game, and all indications are he will play.

The following players are not active for Monday's game between the Lions and Chicago Bears:

Detroit Lions

QB Drew Stanton

RB Jerome Harrison

WR Rashied Davis

OT Jason Fox

LB Justin Durant

SS Erik Coleman

SS Amari Spievey

Chicago Bears

QB Nathan Enderle

RB Kahlil Bell

WR Earl Bennett

OT Gabe Carimi

DE Corey Wootton

DE Mario Addison

DT Stephen Paea

With Durant and Spievey out, Bobby Carpenter will step in as a starter at linebacker and John Wendling will start at safety. Durant was expected to play over the weekend, but a setback with his recovery from a concussion is going to keep him out of the lineup for at least one more game.

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Week 5 NFL Injury Report: Nick Fairley Questionable For Monday Night

The injury report for Monday night's game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears is out and it has good news for the home team. Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley fully practiced on Saturday and is listed as questionable for the game. He has practiced all week, and although no decision has been made yet, it certainly looks like he will make his debut on Monday night.

Here's a look at the full injury report:

Detroit Lions

WR Rashied Davis (Foot) - Out

WR Calvin Johnson (Ankle) - Probable

WR Maurice Stovall (Hand) - Probable

OT Jason Fox (Foot) - Out

DE Lawrence Jackson (Hamstring) - Questionable

DT Nick Fairley (Foot) - Questionable

LB DeAndre Levy (Knee) - Probable

LB Justin Durant (Concussion) - Probable

CB Aaron Berry (Groin) - Questionable

CB Eric Wright (Groin) - Probable

S Louis Delmas (Abdomen) - Probable

S Erik Coleman (Ankle) - Out

S Amari Spievey (Hamstring) - Questionable

Chicago Bears

WR Earl Bennett (Chest) - Out

TE Matt Spaeth (Calf) - Probable

OT Gabe Carimi (Knee) - Out

OG/C Chris Spencer (Hand) - Probable

DE Corey Wootton (Hand) - Probable

CB Charles Tillman (Hip) - Probable

S Chris Harris (Hamstring) - Probable

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Nick Fairley Injury Update: Debut Coming On Monday Night Football?

So far this week, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has practiced on a limited basis three days in a row. On Friday, he participated in team drills for the first time since suffering his foot injury, indicating that his debut as a Lion is nearing.

Earlier this week, ESPN Chicago reported that Fairley will in fact debut on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. According to the report, Fairley was telling his friends and family who are attending the game to look for him to play in certain situations.

Fairley denied the report and denied that his friends and family had been invited to the game. On Friday, Fairley said he wasn't aware if he will play or not, as no decision had been made. If he is told he will play, friends and family could be invited to the game, but no plans have been made, contrary to the report from ESPN Chicago.

Although the Lions haven't made a decision yet, it would not be surprising if Fairley makes his debut on Monday night. He has participated in practice throughout the week, and it seems like he could in fact get into the game in certain situations. Obviously the Lions could decide to wait another week to make sure he's ready, but going up against the Bears' offensive line would be a pretty good way for him to make his debut.

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Nick Fairley Returns To Practice For Lions

The Detroit Lions' 2011 draft class has been ravaged with injuries. Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath are on injured reserve, and although he is much better now, Titus Young missed a good chunk of training camp because of a hamstring issue. First-round pick Nick Fairley has also dealt with an injury, as he broke his foot on Aug. 1.

Fairley went on to miss the rest of training camp, all four preseason games and the first two games of the regular season. It's not clear when he will make his game debut for the Lions, but his recovery has progressed enough for him to practice. Fairley took part in the individual drills at Friday morning's practice, and according to Tim Twentyman, the team was quite excited to see him on the field.

Nick Fairley is participating in drills, too. The guys seem pretty amped up to have him out there

Considering Alphonso Smith broke his foot before training camp and still hasn't played yet despite practicing in recent weeks, Fairley probably won't be back for another couple of weeks at the least. Even so, it's a good sign that he was able to return to practice, as that indicates he is closer to being 100 percent healthy.

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Lions' Nick Fairley To Miss 'Significant Portion' Of Training Camp After Having Surgery

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley not only visited a specialist in North Carolina on Wednesday, but he actually had surgery while there. The surgery, which was reportedly done to fix a foot fracture, will force Fairley to miss most or all of training camp.

Below is the statement the Lions released about this news.

"The examination of Nick Fairley's foot today by Dr. Bob Anderson resulted in a diagnosis consistent with that of Lions’ team physicians that surgical correction was required. Accordingly, surgery was successfully performed this afternoon in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Anderson. Nick is expected to miss a significant portion of training camp."

Obviously it's never good news for a first-round pick to have surgery to repair an injured foot just days into training camp, but the hope is Fairley will be ready to go when the regular season rolls around. This injury may slow his growth as an NFL player down, but the key thing is for him to not miss any regular season games. Based on the Lions' statement, it doesn't sound like they are expecting him to be out for anything beyond training camp and the preseason, which is a much better timetable for recovery than some were anticipating.

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