Rookie Nick Fairley still working to catch up
ALLEN PARK — Again this week expect rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley to play, but not to start. It’s going to take some time.
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was asked on Friday if he’s ever going to change the defensive line’s aggressive, attack strategy and he brought up Fairley.
Cunningham was a little long-winded, but stick with it he had good stuff to say: “We’re going to keep playing, we’re going to keep bringing it. Slowing down? No, we’re not ever going to slow down. Matter of fact, we’re going to speed it up. If Fairley gets his butt in shape, pretty soon we’ll have another one. He’s getting better and better every day. We’re going to keep coming.’’
Fairley was jogging on the indoor practice field from sideline to sideline with an assistant following Friday’s practice.
He missed most of camp and the beginning of the season after he broke his foot early in training camp.
He’s played sparingly the last two games.
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