(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Nick Fairley was drafted to team up with Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) as part of a powerful young defensive front in Detroit.
Now, the Lions are hoping he can help replace Suh after the star defensive tackle was suspended.
Detroit's defensive line is on the spot this week following Suh's two-game ban for roughing up a Green Bay offensive lineman last week. Although Suh has appealed, the Lions are preparing as though he won't be available when they face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday night.
Corey Williams is Detroit's other starter at defensive tackle, but Fairley, Sammie Hill and Andre Fluellen are also capable of contributing.