Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police early Sunday morning in Mobile, Ala., the second time the second-year lineman has been booked this offseason. Fairley, Detroit's 2011 first-round draft pick, was arrested April 3 for possession of marijuana.
According to WALA in Alabama, Fairley was also written tickets for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and having an open container of alcohol in his car. He was released after posting a 1,750 bond later in the morning.
Fairely played in 10 games with Detroit during his rookie campaign, totaling 15 tackles and one sack. He was hit with a 15,000 fine for an egregious hit on Jay Cutler well after the Bears quarterback threw during a heated contest between the two teams last November.
The Lions have struggled to stay off the police blotter this offseason, as running back Mikel LeShoure and offensive lineman Johnny Culbreath have been arrested a total of three times for possession of marijuana. LeShoure, a standout back at Illinois, was arrested twice in the span of a month for possession, although he says he's learned his lesson.
The Bears play Detroit for the first time on Oct. 22, and while both Fairley and LeShoure could face suspensions to start the season, they'll likely be dressed for their Monday night contest at Soldier Field.
Tyler Saladino has reached the point where it’s significantly easier for him to find comfortable positions for his herniated disc.
The White Sox infielder joked on Friday that his dugout seat was cozy enough that he might just idle for a few days. But before he returned home earlier this week and received an epidural, the second-year player experienced several days of excruciating pain.
Saladino — who won’t play again this season — said he received the shot on Monday and it has helped immensely with a problem he has experienced occasionally this season, this instance being the most painful.
“It was kind of crippling for a little bit,” Saladino said. “Those first few days, I really was out of commission. I kind of was just trying to find a comfortable spot and stay there. Standing up, it would catch. It was pretty painful. That’s how I know it was a little bit more. That’s why I went and got that shot to try to let the medicine get there right away. It has been working and helping a lot.”
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Saladino’s stay in Chicago is open-ended until he feels good enough to fly back to San Diego for the offseason. He’s set for another doctor appointment soon and is optimistic based on this week’s improvement. Saladino, who is hitting .282/.315/.409 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs, hasn’t played since Sept. 21. He injured himself two days later in Cleveland before the Sept. 23 contest and hasn’t been right since.
The injury has provided a disappointing end to an enjoyable season in which Saladino showed improvement at the plate (his OPS is up 122 points from 2015).
“It was a lot of fun to be out there with the guys,” Saladino said. “The whole season was a roller coaster for everybody around here. The whole approach we’ve had all year of grinding every game was its own. They’re still doing a really good job right now. Kind of stinks to not, I don’t care, as long as I can play and even pinch run I would be stoked to be with the guys. But at this point, the back thing, you have to take care of it.”
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