Fairley impressive in practice, still no word on whether he will play Monday
ALLEN PARK — Nick Fairley has still not gotten the word if he will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.
The Lions’ first-round pick did practice on Saturday for the fourth straight day.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said he thinks Fairley will play, but he has no idea what the coaches are thinking.
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham sang Fairley’s praises after Saturday’s practice.
“We had a two-minute drill and I looked out there and said, ‘That’s the way life is supposed to be Gunther.’ I’ve had a history of having some really outstanding defensive linemen in my career, when I looked out there, I’m still alive I’m sure, sometimes you dream about those things,’’ Cunningham said.
Fairley was lined up at the time with Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.
The decision on whether he will play is not up to Cunningham.
“The decision has yet to be made. It’s in Jim (Schwartz’s) hands and the trainer, but I do have a lot of political maneuvering,’’ Cunningham said.
Fairley broke his foot early in training camp and this was his first full week of practice.
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