"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 obvious bad news is that Fairley will miss a good chunk of training camp, a time when rookies develop and acclimate to the NFL. That is a big setback, as is suffering an injury that needed surgery so early on in his career.
The good news is it doesn't sound like Fairley will be out more than the next month, meaning he should be ready to go for the start of the season. Obviously you wish the injury didn't happen at all, but if there was a time to get hurt it's now. Even if Fairley does fall behind a bit due to the injury, the good news is it doesn't seem like he is expected to miss any real games.
As Jim Schwartz just said on Twitter, this is "tough news" for Fairley, but even though he won't be able to practice on the field, he will still be able to spend time in the classroom getting ready for the season in other ways.
UPDATE: Dave Birkett reports that the surgery was to repair a fracture in Fairley's foot.