Nick Fairley inactive for Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jim Caldwell and Teryl Austin didn't get their miracle after all.

The Detroit Lions officially deemed defensive tackle Nick Fairley inactive for the ninth straight game Sunday, although this one had more hope than any other before for the Lions. Fairley returned to practice Thursday and Friday on a limited basis but did not show enough to be able to play in Detroit's first playoff game since 2011.

If the Lions were to beat Dallas, Detroit's hope is Fairley would try to return next week against the top-seeded Seahawks.

With Fairley out, the Lions will continue their usual rotation of Ndamukong Suh, C.J. Mosley, Andre Fluellen and either Jason Jones or Darryl Tapp inside at tackle.

The other Lions inactives are no surprise: DT Caraun Reid, QB Kellen Moore, CB Josh Thomas, RG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles.