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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