The marijuana charge against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been dropped.
Fairley was arrested on April 3, after being pulled over. The passenger in Fairley's car, Eric Taylor, told police that he would take responsibility for the pair of marijuana cigarettes in the car. Fairley passed a drug test after his arrest and has passed regular drug tests from the NFL since the arrest. He took and passed another drug test this morning. Prosecutors asked for the charges against Fairley to be dismissed and judge Matt Green agreed; Fairley will still have to pay court costs.
Fairley could still be punished by the NFL for the marijuana charge and a DUI charge from May 27. Fairley is headed back to the Lions on Tuesday night and will be available to play against Green Bay on Sunday night. Fairley has 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble on the season.