An attorney for Fairley told the court the rejection was because the 26-year-old was hoping to be placed in a diversion program, AL.com reports. A court date has now been set for Feb. 11.
If Fairly had taken the plea deal, he would have pleaded guilty. The district attorney's office then would have asked the judge to give Fairley a six-month suspended sentence, a year of probation on the DUI charge, a $600 fine and attendance in a DUI school and a victim impact panel session.
The charges stem from a 2012 incident in which Fairley was accused of driving more than 100 mph in Alabama.
Fairley played in eight games this season before sustaining a knee injury on Oct. 26. He has yet to return and the Lions are unsure if he will play again in 2014.
Fairley has 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble on the season.
- Molly Geary