Lions’ first round draft pick Nick Fairley had surgery today on his injured foot. The Lions have stated that Fairley will miss a “significant portion” of training camp, but it is hard to envision that’s all he will miss. If his surgery was an arthroscopic surgery, then it is conceivable he would only miss a few weeks, but any other type of surgery could sideline the defensive tackle longer.
“The examination of Nick Fairley’s foot today by Dr. Bob Anderson resulted in a diagnosis consistent with that of Lions’ team physicians that surgical correction was required. Accordingly, surgery was successfully performed this afternoon in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Anderson.
“Nick is expected to miss a significant portion of training camp.”
The 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Fairley signed a fully guaranteed $9.889 million contract on July 29, but pulled up during a pass-rush drill on Monday. Observed in a walking boot on Tuesday, the Lions sent him to North Carolina for examination this morning.