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09/29/14 - DT Nick Fairley limped off with an unspecified injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.
09/24/14 - DT Nick Fairley was limited with a biceps injury.
09/01/14 - DT Nick Fairley earned his starting job back after being demoted during the preseason. He also hired a personal chef and has lost 10 pounds the last two weeks.
08/21/14 - DT Nick Fairley addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since being demoted to the second-team defense and said he still plans to be a starter this season. However, Fairley said he's up to 315 pounds already after being down to 295 in late May. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin thinks Fairley is "on track" to provide what the team needs this year, but he still has work to do to leapfrog C.J. Mosley, who's entering his 10th season and second in Detroit.
08/11/14 - DT Nick Fairley raised his hands in silence when asked why he was playing with the second-team defense during Detroit Lions' training camp Monday.
Coach Jim Caldwell was annoyed by the question about why Fairley wasn't with the starters.
"Who said he was playing on the twos?" Caldwell said. "Was there a depth chart that said anything about it?"
Fairley is listed as a starter for Friday's preseason game in Oakland, but there was no denying his placement Monday.
Fairley's weight has been a constant issue since he entered the NFL as a first-round pick in 2011, and Caldwell did not say whether it continues to be a problem. Fairley was down to 295 in May, but was back up to 305 when he reported for training camp.
Caldwell said 305 pounds was in Fairley's weight range before camp started, but Fairley appears to already have gained weight since then. He played at about 320 pounds in 2013.
"One of the things about him, he's a big man," Caldwell said. "He's got some strength and ability. He can probably carry more weight than most people at his size because of his strength, and he's working to get to a comfortable weight, I think, and I think he's on his way."
During 11-on-11 drills, C.J. Mosley and Jason Jones, who plays end and tackle, filled Fairley's spot next to Ndamukong Suh on the interior with the first-team defense, and Fairley played with the twos.
While the ones practiced, Fairley stood away from his teammates with his arms folded and helmet pushed to the top of his head. He also was toward the back of the group during the team huddle at the close of practice.
Fairley had one tackle in 12 snaps in Saturday's exhibition victory over the Cleveland Browns.
"Just like everybody else, we could be better," Caldwell said.
Ultimately, Fairley will remain the starter, but it was clear he was being punished for an undisclosed reason.
"What you see more so than anything else is we decide how we rep guys," Caldwell said. "It doe