Lions' Nick Fairley should return this season

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley hurt his right knee in Sunday's win over the Falcons in London, but it doesn't appear to be a season-ending injury. According to a report by ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley suffered damage to the medial-collateral and posterior-collateral ligaments and he will be out for at least a month.

"Full extent of MCL/PCL damage to Nick Fairley's knee still not known. Source said the hope is he can return in 4 to 5 weeks," Wright wrote on Twitter.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on Monday night confirmed that Fairley won't be back any time soon, as he recovers. The extent of the injury is unknown, but Fairley will continue to have it examined this week to get a clearer sense.

"(The doctors) have looked at him and obviously he's not going to be back quickly. That's one of the things that we certainly know but how long it's going to be, we're not quite certain," Caldwell said on 97.1 on Monday night. "He's getting ready to go through his second opinion coming up in the next couple days or so and we'll have a little bit further information at that time."

Fairley suffered the injury in the second quarter after colliding with Ndamukong Suh while pressuring Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Fairley's knee bent awkwardly and he was on the field for a few minutes as doctors attending to him. He left the field with some assistance and was later carted off to the locker room.

With Fairley out, rookie Caraun Reid played an increased number of snaps. Another tackle, C.J. Mosley, missed the game after being suspended for violating team rules.

Caldwell did not elaborate on the reason for Mosley's suspension.