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Nick Fairley fined $15,750 for horse-collar tackle

A horse-collar tackle by Fairley in the fourth quarter drew a 15-yard penatly and set the Colts up for a quick score a few plays later.


Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley drew a $15,750 fine for his horse-collar tackle of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Week 13 game, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The tackle drew a 15-yard penalty that set the Colts up near midfield, which Luck took advantage of with a 42-yard touchdown pass to LaVon Brazill that cut the Lions lead to 33-28. On the final possession of the game, the Colts drove the field and earned a game-winning score as time expired with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Luck to Donnie Avery.

Fairley, 24, was the first-round selection of the Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft, but has started just six of his 22 NFL games. He has 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 22 tackles in his second season. The Lions enter Week 14 with a 4-8 record, and are last in the NFC North.