ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In another week, the Detroit Lions' offseason program will end with most of the players leaving town until training camp opens in late July.
For Nick Fairley, that will be a serious test. Can he keep the 25-30 pounds he claims to have shed off or does he revert to his old, bad habits?
"He looks good," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said following Tuesday's practice. "He's lost a lot of weight.
"The key will be when he leaves here and when he comes back in camp. If he's still in that great shape, with his weight down, it's going to be great for us."
Frustrated by the inconsistency of a young player they believe has the talent to be one of the league's elite defensive tackles, the Lions decided not to pick up the final year on Fairley's contract for 2015.
It was a slap in the face for a guy who was the 13th pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Although Fairley shows flashes of greatness, there are other times when he basically disappears -- which is hard to do ...