Sunday January 4th, 2015

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced.

Fairly, who injured ligaments in his knee on Oct. 26 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, practiced for the first time on Thursday. He only participated in individual drills, and according to the Lions' team website, "that simply wasn’t enough work to get him ready to play in a playoff environment."

On Friday, Fairley was listed as "doubtful" on the Lions' injury report. Earlier in the week, Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said "it'd be a miracle" if Fairley could play against the Cowboys.

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Fairley, who will be a free agent after this year, has 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in eight games this season.

Also inactive for Detroit are right guard Larry Warford, quarterback Kellen Moore, receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster, cornerback Josh Thomas and defensive tackle Caraun Reid.

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