Lions DT Nick Fairley Admits Weight Issues Led To Demotion

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    Nick Fairley's weight is creeping up again.

    In his first public comments since the Detroit Lions demoted the defensive tackle from his starting role to a spot on the second team, Fairley said his eating habits again became an issue over the first few weeks of training camp.

    He entered camp at 308 pounds. He says he now weighs 315 pounds.

    "Things got not out of control, but I would say my eating habits got out of the way in the last two weeks," Fairley said. "That's all."

    Fairley's consistency -- both with his play and his weight -- have been a concern for the Lions since he was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft. His athleticism is what initially attracted Detroit to Fairley, and it is that athleticism that keeps the Lions pushing him to find both a good weight and consistency on the field.

    Both his coaches and teammates want him to reach his potential.

    "I'm always going to encourage Nick," Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. "I always want him to be the best player he can be. I haven't said this a lot or to many people, more or less, but Nick is more athletically gifted than me and he has an opportunity to be better than me and that's what I want to see out of him."

    Source: ESPN