A shoulder injury suffered several weeks ago will end the second-year defensive tackle's season.
The Detroit Lions put defensive tackle Nick Fairley on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season. The second-year defensive tackle out of Auburn injured his shoulder against the Packers on Dec. 9, and wasn't able to play last week. The team does not know at this point whether his injury will require surgery.
Fairley looked to be making a big step forward during his second season, compiling 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles. His rookie season was considered a disappointment by many, but he was slowed with a foot injury for much of the season.
The Lions host the Falcons on Saturday night at Ford Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen nationally on NBC.