Vanden Bosch: It was 'isolated incident' for Fairley
ALLEN PARK — Kyle Vanden Bosch said Nick Fairley reported to the off-season workout program in good shape.
The veteran defensive end said he ran with Fairley on Monday, but has not talked to him about his off-field transgressions. Fairley was charged last month with marijuana possession in South Carolina.
“I’ve been around a lot of players and I know the kind of person Nick is and you get the feeling it’s an isolated incident and he is remorseful for the affect and the distraction it’s caused the team,’’ Vanden Bosch said on Tuesday. “I don’t feel like it’s going to be a problem down the road for him.’’
Due to the NFL lockout a year ago, Fairley and all rookies were deprived of the off-season program. That makes the next nine weeks more important for the younger players.
“It’s huge. The rookies missed out on a lot. Just to show up, day one at training camp you don’t even know where the meeting rooms are,’’ Vanden Bosch said.
“It’ll be good for him to understand what it takes to get ready physically for the season, but also he’ll know our system and the defense.’’
Fairley broke his foot during training camp last year and never fully recovered. It was a disappointing season for the first-round draft pick and much is expected of him this year.
Vanden Bosch, entering his 13th NFL season, surely will help push him along. Show him the ropes. The first two weeks of the off-season program are totally about workouts and conditioning.
“Guys have to come in and worry about focusing on what we have today and not necessarily how today will correlate into wins,’’ Vanden Bosch said. “It’s a different kind of mentality than players are used to.’’
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