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10/29/15 - DT Nick Fairley (illness) did not practice Wednesday.
10/29/15 - DT Nick Fairley (illness) was upgraded to limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. The Rams did not practice Thursday, but he would have been limited had there been practice.
08/27/15 - DT Nick Fairley did not practice Thursday for an undisclosed reason.
03/14/15 - DT Nick Fairley left the Lions for the Rams Friday (March 13), agreeing to terms on one-year, $5 million contract.
With Fairley in the mix, the Rams feature five first-round picks on their defensive line -- ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn and tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald, along with Fairley, a first-rounder in 2011 who played 46 games with the Detroit Lions. The Auburn standout was the 13th overall pick.
"You've got those guys up there and a guy next to me like Aaron that's going to basically take on some double teams, I'm going to take on some double teams," Fairley said at a press conference at the team's Earth City, Mo., headquarters. "So, it's going to be a good fit for me."
The Lions declined the fifth-year option on his contract and made no attempt to bring him back after losing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and trading for Haloti Ngata.
"They didn't pick it up," Fairley said. "It's just the nature of the business to me. I just took it and ran with it."
Fairley was injured in Week 8 and did not practice again until January when the Lions were preparing for their wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said last month that Fairley's knee injury would not be a long-term issue.
Fairley's deal includes $3 million in incentives, per reports, which could give him a chance to make $8 million in 2015 and then return to free agency in March 2016. One reason the Rams might have preferred a short-term deal -- Fairley has struggled to maintain a healthy playing weight for much of his pro career.
"I don't feel like I have anything to prove," Fairley said. "It's a new start for me. I'm just ready to start. (I'm going to) get here in April and get ready for these offseason workouts."
03/07/15 - DT Nick Fairley, unrestricted FA update, is the last player left from the Lions' 2011 draft class, and there's hardly a guarantee he'll be back. Though he played well the first eight games of 2014 before suffering a knee injury, the Lions have been fed up with Fairley's weight issues and inconsistent play for years, leading them to decline a low-risk $5.5 million option for 2015. The Lions likely won't pay him more than that, but they might need him back if Ndamukong Suh leaves.