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Lions notes: Nick Fairley, Jim Caldwell, more

Lions notes looks at Nick Fairley, Jim Caldwell and much more.

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  • There was a report on Monday that Nick Fairley would miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL, but Jim Caldwell said on Tuesday that he doesn't even know if Fairley will return at all this season. That's not to say that the prognosis isn't looking good or anything like that; it's just that the Lions hadn't been given any kind of a timetable on Fairley's return as of Tuesday.

  • Also on Tuesday, Caldwell explained why the Lions ran the ball on third down late in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. We already touched on this earlier in the week, so I'll keep it brief, but I really don't agree with Caldwell's thinking. Considering the Lions managed to take a delay of game penalty even after the clock was later stopped, I'm not sure how the field goal unit was ready to rush onto the field. Plus, why put yourself in a position where you have to rush a field goal with the game on the line? I get not wanting to leave time on the clock, but the Lions are extremely fortunate that the Falcons got called for defensive holding and stopped the clock.

  • The Lions' comeback victory is one of the nominees for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of Week 8.

  • On Tuesday, the New York Giants signed cornerback Mike Harris off of the Lions' practice squad.

  • The Lions decided to not hold any practices during their bye week, partly because they want to focus on getting everybody healthy.

  • How come my trips to Meijer never turn out like this?

  • Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is apparently a pretty big sports fan.

  • Cornerback Champ Bailey, who worked out for the Lions earlier this season, has decided to retire.

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