Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday "it'd be a miracle" if defensive tackle Nick Fairley plays in Sunday's NFC Wild-Card game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Fairley has missed the Lions' last eight games after spraining two knee ligaments in a Week 8 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in London. Yet Caldwell, according to the Free Press, said the Lions don't plan to place Fairley or also-injured right guard Larry Warford on injured reserve to make room for center Dominic Raiola, who will be reinstated from his one-game suspension on Monday.
Warford injured his knee in the Lions' 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday and his status for the playoff game has yet to be determined.
Fairley, 26, recorded 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the eight games he appeared in this season.
According to Mlive.com, Caldwell said "it's a possibility" that Fairley could return in the next round of the playoffs should the Lions win on Sunday.
Fairley is in his contract year after being a first-round pick of the Lions in 2011. He has recorded 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks over his four seasons, and did not play a full 16 games in any.
- Mike Fiammetta