BBAO: Lions' Nick Fairley raring to go

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The Detroit Lions are hoping that rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has turned the corner in his recovery from a foot injury that forced him to miss five of this season's first eight games and left him with little first-half impact in 2011.

After resting during a well-timed bye week, Fairley said, via Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com: "I'm feeling real good. The break did a lot for me, especially just being able to sit back and rest up -- get off my feet, let it heal on its own without nothing moving, without doing a lot of walking around or whatever. ... I'm all good to go, ready to go now. Second half, here we go, here we come."

Given their depth at defensive line, the Lions have always been in good position to absorb Fairley's injury and allow for a slow and effective return. They started the season 6-2 without getting much of a contribution from him, but they could be in position to get a second-half boost from their first-round draft pick.

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