SEC won’t suspend Fairley, but NFL will take notice

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley took at least one blatant cheap shot at Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on Saturday, and made multiple other questionable hits.

The SEC said yesterday that they will not suspend Fairley for Auburn’s next game, despite Georgia’s best efforts to communicate their displeasure to the league office.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 06: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley  of the Auburn Tigers watches play against the Chattanooga Mocs November 6, 2010 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Fairley won't be smiling once the NFL gets a hold of his paychecks

While Fairley won’t be suspended, it’s safe to say that his performance has caught the eye of the NFL – and not in a good way this time.

The NFL is clearly handing out stiffer penalties to repeat offenders, so you have to wonder if Fairley’s college days will influence his standing with league office at the next level. It’s very possible that the league will hit him with a more severe penalty than a typical first-time offender to send the message: “you got away with this in college, but it’s not going to fly here.”

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 2 Comments

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