Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Report: Fairley traded 15 pounds of fat for muscle

Nick Fairley's rookie season for the Lions was hampered by a foot injury.According to a report from John Niyo of the Detroit News, Nick Fairley is finally healthy.  With the broken bone in his foot behind him, Fairley has dropped some flab and put on 15 pounds of muscle to get back up to his desired playing weight of 300 lbs.

Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek said Fairley was never 100% last year, as he favored his injured foot all season, as he tried to play through the pain.  He further said that Fairley has big expectations this year.  He knows they didn't pull the trigger on him in the first round for nothing.  The line coach said you can already see a drastic difference in the big man's movement skills and explosion.

Fairley has made a significant impression among his teammates as well already during this offseason.  Most notably team captain Kyle Vanden Bosch remarked, "You know, you forget how special of an athlete he is".  Now it is time to see if it translates to the field this fall.


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