Kearse (toe) is signing with the Lions on a one-year, $2.75 million contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 2016 seventh-round pick primarily served as a backup safety and slot corner during his four seasons in Minnesota, playing more snaps on special teams than on defense in every season until 2019. The Lions likely envision Kearse in a similar role, as Tracy Walker and Duron Harmon are expected to start at safety. Kearse should have plenty of time to recover from the knee and toe injuries that held him out of Minnesota's playoff loss to the 49ers.
Kearse (toe) finished the regular season with 28 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception over 15 appearances. Kearse sat out of the Vikings' divisional-round loss to the 49ers due to a toe injury, but he was healthy for the team's wild-card win in New Orleans despite not logging a defensive snap. His toe injury should be healed by time he hits free agency in March. Fellow Vikings safeties Anthony Harris and Andrew Sendejo are also pending unrestricted free agents, so Kearse may wait until those dominoes fall before making a decision whether to return to Minnesota or try his luck elsewhere.
Kearse (toe) has been downgraded to out for Saturday NFC divisional-round game at San Francisco. Kearse originally received the doubtful tag, so it's not a major surprise to see him downgraded to out. Andrew Sendejo will continue to work as the Vikings' No. 3 safety.
Kearse (knee/toe) is officially listed as doubtful for Saturday's NFC divisional-round contest against the 49ers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Kearse is trending in the wrong direction for Saturday's playoff tilt in San Francisco. He didn't handle a single snap on defense during Minnesota's wild-card win over New Orleans, so his availability (or lack thereof) will only impact the Vikings' depth at safety.
Kearse (knee/toe) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports. Kearse watched a second straight practice from the sidelines, and he'll need to work in some capacity Thursday to have a shot at suiting up in Saturday's divisional-round game versus the 49ers. Whether Kearse can play Saturday mainly affects the team's safety depth, as he didn't play a defensive snap in the wild-card win versus the Saints.
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|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||2|
|4||10/04||New Orleans Saints||30|
|14||12/13||Green Bay Packers||2|
|16||12/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12|