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.