- Rapoport adds that the prevailing thought now is that Fairley will avoid surgery, and miss roughly one month of action.
The results of the second opinion are obviously of real importance to Fairley and the Lions. The fourth-year pro’s performance has really picked up this season for the first-place Lions.
Fairley, 26, is in the final year of his rookie contract after the Lions elected to not pick up his fifth-year option several months ago.
So far this season, Fairley has recorded 14 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble over the course of eight games, but his play has been much better than these numbers would indicate.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the league out of 76 qualifying players. According to their ratings, Fairley has been equally effective as an interior pass-rusher and as a run-defender.