ESPN Chicago reports that the Detroit Lions rookie DT Nick Fairley will make his NFL debut against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night this week.
Fairley returned to the practice field on a limited basis yesterday but has told those who are close to him that he expects to play in week 5.
“[He’s] getting better,” said Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. “Improving every day, and we’ll get him back as soon as we can.”
He figures to play behind Corey Williams and Ndamukong Suh for the time being as the Lions defensive line is seen as one of their biggest strengths even without Fairley.