Kearse played 22 snaps on defense Sunday and got time at nickelback with Mackensie Alexander (ankle) and Trae Waynes (knee) sidelined. Kearse is a safety, but his flexibility to play some cornerback in a pinch is a beneficial asset to Minnesota's defense. He'll likely return to a reserve role this week, as the Vikings will likely make another cornerback active for the game.
Kearse missed Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars due to general "nicks and bruises," Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Kearse, who has spent much of the past two seasons on special teams for the Vikings, is competing for a roster spot at strong safety behind starter Andrew Sendejo (calf). Kearse's absence from Saturday's tilt due to seemingly minor issues could allow for Tray Matthews, Anthony Harris and Jack Tocho to increase their workloads.
Kearse (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Barring any setbacks, Kearse should be ready for Sunday's game against the Packers. If active for the contest, he'll likely work in a depth role in the secondary.
Kearse (groin) is inactive for Monday's game against the Bears, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports. Kearse was initially listed as questionable to play after sustaining a groin injury this past week. Fortunately for the Vikings, starting safety Andrew Sendejo is able to suit up despite being limited by a shoulder injury in practice Thursday and Friday.
Kearse left Friday's preseason loss to Seattle in the first half due to a wrist injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Kearse will provide the Vikings with depth in the secondary this season if healthy. It's not clear if the injury was a serious ailment.
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