Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley's trial date has been delayed to September 26th, per the Detroit Free Press. Fairley is facing three misdemeanor charges for a DUI, reckless driving and attempting to elude police after being arrested on May 27th. He's also facing a second, unrelated trial on November 27th for marijuana possession.
Analysis: A suspension seems likely, if not inevitable, for the talented but troubled second-year lineman. Roger Goodell, as usual, isn't saying much in public, only saying "we certainly do acknowledge the legal process and want to be respectful of that." Goodell has a history of making an example of players, however, and given the Lions' numerous legal trouble over the offseason, one has to think he'll come down hard on the team, making Fairley the sacrificial lamb. It's a troubling state of affairs for this up-and-coming defense.