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Report: Fairley gets probation in DUI case

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term and one year of probation Thursday, according to Mobile, Ala., TV station WALA.

Fairley was arrested in 2012 on DUI and reckless driving charges.

Fairley was not in the Alabama court for his sentencing because he was at the Lions' training camp in Allen Park, Mich.

Assistant district attorney Spiro Cheriogotis said Fairley should have been in court.

"The judge's order was explicit that the defendant was supposed to be in court today," he said. "He was not here. The judge, I believe, followed the rule as he believed it. Rule nine allowed for a waiver of the defendants present. The judge followed the rule. We think that the defendant should've been here today as the state."

Fairley's attorney, Sid Herrell, reportedly did not inform Fairley about the court date and plans to appeal the sentence. He has until Aug. 14 to file the appeal.

Fairley is in the final year of his contract. Earlier this offseason, the Lions did not pick up his fifth-year option for 2015.

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