Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) returns to practice

Thursday January 1st, 2015

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley practiced on Thursday for the first time since injuring his knee in October, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Fairley, 26, has not played since injuring a pair of ligaments in his knee in Week 8. Meinke reports that Fairley wore a knee brace and appeared to be moving well during Thursday's practice.

Earlier this week, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said "it'd be a miracle" if Fairley is able to play in Sunday's NFC Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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In eight games this season, Fairley had 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He will be a free agent after the season.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had his one-game suspension for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers overturned earlier this week. Suh reportedly claimed his foot was numb and he couldn't differentiate between the ground and Rodgers' leg.

The Lions (11-5) play at the Cowboys (12-4) on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

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