Detroit Lions’ Larry Warford, Nick Fairley on different recovery tracks

Larry Warford and Nick Fairley continue to recover from knee injuries, but Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects one player back sooner than the other.

“It’s obvious to say they’re getting better,” Caldwell said Monday. “How rapidly remains to be seen. They’re on two different levels.”

Warford made strides in his rehab last week. His knee responded well to some light drills and running. His heavy limp from the week before, no longer noticeable.

Fairley was spotted in the halls of the team’s facility last week, still aided by a single crutch to walk.

Caldwell continued to decline to put a specific timetable on either recovery. He also still can’t guarantee Fairley will return to the field this year.

“Same thing I said a few weeks ago, but I’m not certain, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said.

Fairley has been out since leaving the Lions’ Oct. 26 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London. On a pass rush he collided with teammate Ndamukong Suh before landing awkwardly on his leg.

Fairley is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.

Warford went down the next game, following the bye week, exiting in the first quarter when the Lions hosted the Dolphins on Nov. 9.

Until Fairley and Warford return, their roles will continue to be filled by C.J. Mosley and Travis Swanson.