NFL judgment next for Nick Fairley

December, 4, 2012
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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has concluded the legal proceedings on both of his offseason incidents, leaving one final step: Awaiting possible NFL discipline.

An Alabama judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge stemming from an arrest in April. Police found marijuana in Fairley's car, but according to al.com, prosecutors weren't sure if they could prove it was his. Fairley passed a drug test Tuesday morning before the charges were dropped.

Fairley has already pleaded guilty to DUI and reckless driving from his other incident, for which he received a suspended six-month jail sentence, a year of probation and a $600 fine.

With these issues hanging over his head, Fairley has emerged as the type of playmaking defensive tackle the Lions hoped he would be when they made him their top draft pick in 2011. He leads all Lions defensive linemen with 30 tackles, has 4.5 sacks and has won a starting job opposite Ndamukong Suh.

The NFL doesn't have a set standard for how it imposes off-field discipline, but generally speaking, it reacts more strongly against repeat offenders. A dismissed charge can still factor into commissioner Roger Goodell's thinking. We'll let you know when and if the league makes an announcement.

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