Lions place DT Nick Fairley on IR; sign Ogemdi Nwagbuo

Posted by ttwentyman on December 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm

The Lions ended the season of second-year defensive tackle Nick Fairley Wednesday by placing him on injured reserve.

Fairley injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 27-20 loss to the Packers Dec. 9. He missed last week’s game in Arizona due to the injury.

It’s unclear if he’ll need surgery at this point.

Fairley was coming into his own in his second season after being hampered by a foot injury as a rookie. The Lions took him No. 13 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He had earned a starting role and finishes with 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles this season.

The Lions signed former Michigan State Spartan defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo to fill Fairley’s roster spot.

Nwagbuo was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008. He didn’t make the Giants roster that season, but earned a spot on the Chargers’ practice squad.

He made the active roster for San Diego in 2009 and spent the next three seasons with the team.

Nwagbuo played in four games (one start) for the Panthers last season.

He has 44 career tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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18 Responses to “Lions place DT Nick Fairley on IR; sign Ogemdi Nwagbuo”

  1. By Sagmich on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Who? I do not even remember him playing for Michigan State. That could be because I am a Wolverine but still come on if he was any good the name would still stick in my mind. I guess the Lions will never stop signing no names, other teams garbage and other teams injury prone players. Nick was just coming on too. Very disappointing.

  2. By Brandon on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply


    We are headed into week 16 of the season, who are they going to pick up that isn’t a no name? It’s a fill-in player to add depth.

  3. By martin s on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    You are kidding right,I hope I wake up soon!

  4. By James on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Remember, he will have Suh along with him and his experience may allow him to have a couple of breakout games for the Lions. We’ll see on Saturday Nite Live if you know what I mean. GO LIONS

  5. By mitch on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thank god the season is almost over…we’ll be signing High School kids after this week. It might be time to start thinking about getting some players who can actually make it through an entire season, as it seems half of our team is on IR….geez!

  6. By sputzie on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    This pathetic, miserable season is close to an end thank goodness. What an absolute dissappointment it was. 1 half way decent year in the past 20 and here we go again back into the the depths of NFL Futility. I honestly cant see them turning this around in one draft. They are in need of rebuilding again. The Wide receiver corps is in shambles with injuries and behavior issues. The offensive line cant run block worth a darn. They are in need of a running back with speed that can stay healthy for any length of time. On Defense, only our defensive tackles are above average and even their production is subpar compared to the price of our investment in them. It now looks like Nick Fairley will need surgery for the second time in less than a year. Our corners and linebackers our average at best and half of them are free agents this year. Beyond Louis Delmas at safety we have nobody, and even he cant be counted on to contribute more than 3 or 4 games a season. Who would have thought they would have more off season arrest than victories this year…….. uuuuuuuuuuugh. I cant take it anymore.

  7. By Brandon on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions finally get to a winning record last year, when they were pegged to be a 7-9 or 8-8 team. We went 10-6, and then the world was open to the team. The team pretty much remained the same for this year. No big additions, just a few. It was slated for another 10-6 at VERY BEST season. Injuries, missed played, penalties, etc etc. that cost the season.

    IF the Lions can secure the team needs this offseason, hope for 9-7, and maybe 10-6, but it’s going to take time. I highly doubt the schemes on offense and defense play to our strengths, and this is another weak area that needs to be addressed. Bringing in 2 coordinators, with steadily declining reps was a bad call.

  8. By Raymond on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Ticket refunds this product is a joke it’s like buy one get three free . You could not make this story line up.4-10 c’mon man players will be blamed coaches will remain that’s the joke.

  9. By joe on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Why would the lions invest into top players they get a few top names here and there to keep the games sold out, after all they are out to make a profit so why invest more when we the fans keep filling the stadium with there subpar performances, as long as we do that they will never change so it is as much our faults as it is theres

  10. By Brad on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    What do you expect honestly? Like others have said it is so late in the season you cannot expect them to be able to pick up any other type of player than a depth filler(no offence to Nwagbou). Everyone realizes this season was a bust, it is has been tough for everyone that supports the lions organization. Injuries have played a huge role in this season and this is another example as Fairley is lost to injury, and he is showing great potential regardless of the record. A good number of players have shown potential but the lions cant seem to find much consistency but lower your expectations if you expect them to be able to pick up top notch play-making players this late in the season. Hopefully they can just finish this season with no more injuries and preserve a little bit of pride against the Falcons and Bears which will prove to be a formidable challenge, maybe I am a sucker for come back stories but I think the lions have the potential to do that against both of these teams.

  11. By StaticDean on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my god! I’m 48 years old and have been a lions fan all my life! Every year is like this! The only thing worse then having another bad season is reading all the crappy comments on the site! I’m looking forward to the draft already! lol Atleast their going to be close to the top in the draft! YAY!!!! Next year will be the year! I’m serious!!!!! We had every call go against us this year,along with some bad judgements from Stafford, the offensive cordinator, a few players,but on the bright side- Our running game did get better,Our penalties did go down quite alot. Now all we need is some safeties,a Center,and some bigger guys on the O-line, a couple more receivers, a few more line backers and I could use some spelling lessons! Wow!!!! We have along way to go and no money to sign anyone! hmm!!!!!!!!

  12. By Michael on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    This season is the most disappointing season in the 53 years I have been a Lions fan. They had more arrest in the off season than they do victories which points to the non authority Scwartz has with his players. The coaching staff all signed big extensions in the off season so there is no hope that any coaching changes are coming for the Lions faithful. The coaching staff is so comfortable and secure that their status is safe so don’t expect any major changes in their coaching style or adjustments that they can’t seem to make with any success. Detroit has over 14 players schedule for free agency with a majority I would guess can’t wait to leave Detroit. We are maxed out as far as cap space is concerned so don’t expect any off season big free agency signings to help with this mess of a team this year. Ford will not do a damn thing this off season because he could care less if this team succeeds or as in this year completely satisfied with 4 or 5 wins per season. The Lions faithful have to realize we sadly again are in another complete rebuilding process. I feel sorry for Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson because it could be years before Detroit is even remotely capable of contending or challenging for a championship if ever. There are many reasons for this total collapse but if you look within the organization the one thing in the last 50 years you will find the one constant that hasn’t changed. In the last half century that contant is the inability of the ownership and the Ford family to even be remotely concerned about bringing a championship to the Lions faithful. My fifty years of being one of those faithful Lions fan has proven that until the ownership changes we will suffer the same fate as the past fifty years.

  13. By Cerilo on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Worst decisions ever by the whole staff. Stafford inconsistent from day one. He straight sucks for our team. He’s another Mark Sanchez. Been saying all along. Our corners/defensive backfield, has lots’ of trouble. No running back power. Nothing. Should start QB Keller that we signed. He needs to be our next QB that can run for one, and can throw consistent to our Elite Recievers. That’s all I got to say other than Gunter and Cunningham OFC need to go. ASAP! Who agrees? I am a loyal Detroit fan but we need to see Major Changes because Im tired of losing all by ourselves.

  14. By Brad on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    This team has more talent than half of their fans gives them credit for. Is their work to do? Absolutely? Is this the worst team in the NFL? Absolutely not? This needs to be taking with a top down approach in regards to rebuilding, unfortunately that means one more try for Mayhew with the draft, and the coaches also but they should be told right now that their jobs are on the line. They need a little bit of creativity on the offense part and please change the defensive scheme you do not have the talent on defense to play prevent. Hopefully this last loss woke them up, if it didn’t then I am not sure what will, they need some fire and passion I haven’t seen much on the field(or at least the cameras sure don’t show it), this season was a bust but this team is not a bust, yet, hopefully we see that fire against the Falcons. Matt Ryan needs to eat some dirt! Go Lions!

  15. By simms on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Not the worst team, but the worst ownership, terrible coaching, Cursed, may be the word, how can a organization be so bad for so long, I have had it being a lion faithful, 40 plus years of supporting this pathetic team and i have had enough, When ownership changes, then I will change my mind, THE FORDS NEED TO GO B4 anyone else, thats the problem, If I was the owner I would be on the sidelines kicking these playesr in the @ss my self for dumb@ss plays and penalty’s. I would fine anyone $50k just for jumping off sides!!! Mean while I root for the other team, and enjoy bad mouthing this pathetic team.

  16. By Sagmich on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon, That is all the Lions ever pick up are no names. Free agency, during the season and at the end of the season. What does it matter when it is a pattern that needs to be stopped. They could have had better backup players when injuries occur but no Mayhew is a jerk. Bottom line!!

  17. By sputzie on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    losers, losers, losers, 4 wins, 10 losses 7 arrests………. blown out by 4 touchdowns to a team that had just lost 9 games in a row and the last game by a 58 point shutout. Absolutely embarassing and i am ashamed to be a lions fan. We have the 3rd oldest team in the league so that should tell you something about what we have to look forward to for the next decade, more pathetic football with 1 or 2 productive stars trying to carry the load for a crappy team. Ask Barry Sanders how that turned out.

  18. By Cerilo on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Im a Lions fan, but we SO SUCK right now and it’s because of Stafford, and the coaches. I think they all need to go. Especially the coach. He sucks too! We need like a Jon Gruden as head coach. And start working on Keller QB. He is there for a reason. To replace Stafford who has gotten us NOWHERE people. Oh, we got to the playoffs last year. Big DEAL, Stafford is the problem Detroit Fans. He is incnsistent either throwing them away, throwing them behind a reciever, or just over there heads. I cant believe no one sees that week after week. Stafford needs to go! along with Lineham and Cunningham. Pity to be a Lions fans.

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