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Lions' Fairley out for Week 1 vs. Bucs

Nick Fairley has not practiced since having surgery on his fractured left foot early last month and missed the preseason.

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Nick Fairley has not practiced since having surgery on his fractured left foot early last month and missed the preseason.

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the No. 13 overall pick out of Auburn, will miss at least Sunday's opener against the Bucs with a left foot injury.

Lions offensive tackle Jason Fox is also out for the Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium.

"Both guys still have a little longer way to go," Lions coach Jim Schwartz told the Free Press. "Out of the boot, but not out of the woods."

Fairley is the second defensive tackle drafted by Detroit in the first round in the past two years. Ndamukong Suh, last year's No. 2 overall pick, was the defensive rookie of the year and an All-Pro.

TRESSEL TO SIT OUT: The Colts won't use former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as a replay consultant until Week 7. Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said Tressel, who left Columbus in disgrace after failing to report memorabilia sales by his players, will join Indy in late October. The league consulted with the team about the issue. Tressel would have served a five-game suspension to start the season had he stayed at OSU. His former quarterback Terrelle Pryor is sitting out five games with the Raiders, matching the NCAA suspension he would have served.

SAINTS EXTEND PAYTON: The Saints and coach Sean Payton, who coached New Orleans to its first Super Bowl championship two seasons ago, agreed to an extension through 2015.

GROSSMAN STARTING: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced Rex Grossman as the starting quarterback, picking the nine-year veteran and former Florida star over John Beck. "I've got a lot of faith in both of them. It was very competitive all the way through," Shanahan said.

SPEEDY BACK: Running back Curtis Jennings was caught by Ohio state troopers driving 147 mph Sunday, WJW-TV in Cleveland reported. Jennings, a former Brown cut Saturday by the Jets, was driving on Interstate 77 in Guernsey County, in east central Ohio, with expired plates and a suspended drivers license. He posted bond and was released.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Matt Cassel (rib), thought to be questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, said he will play.

GIANTS: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora (right knee) probably will miss the opener against the Redskins.

VIKINGS: Linebacker Chad Greenway received a five-year contract extension. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the deal is worth $41 million, including $20 million guaranteed.

Lions' Fairley out for Week 1 vs. Bucs 09/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 10:29pm]
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