Nick Fairley pledges he'll be ready when camp opens

Nick Fairley had yet to join his new teammates for player-run practices and he’s not going to do so later this week.

The first-round draft pick, who will be paired next to Ndamukong Suh, says he’s been rehabilitating a shoulder injury suffered late in the college season, and he’s been working out on his own. Fairley and his Auburn teammates are set for a visit to the White House today too.

The Lions have had about 30 players show up for their practices and Fairley pledges to be ready when training camp opens.

I’m sure they’re doing the same thing I’m doing: outside, working out, working on your skill level, working on conditioning, working on agilities and everything,” Fairley told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “That’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m sure they’re doing the same thing.

“I’m sure everybody’s going to be a step behind, just not being able to be together, not being able to get things together. Like I said, when camp’s starting, things are going to work out, and we’re going to fine-tune things and be ready to go.”

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