Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley sounded Friday like a player ready to make his NFL debut. He told Detroit-area reporters that "I'm just ready to get out there" and revealed that he participated in team drills for the first time since returning from foot surgery.
If that's the case, however, it's still hard to imagine Fairley playing a significant role in Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. He has obviously made some progress, but are a few repetitions in a team drill enough to prepare a rookie recovering from a serious injury for his first NFL game?
Meanwhile, it appears that Bears safety Chris Harris (hamstring) will return to the starting lineup after missing two games. Coach Lovie Smith told reporters he thinks Harris will be "good to go" Monday night.