Kearse was mostly used on special teams last season but showed promise at times at safety. He also got time at nickelback last season, so the Vikings may utilize him in a versatile role.
Kearse had five total tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss in Sunday's win at the Jets.
He played 29 snaps on defense. logging some extra snaps with Xavier Rhodes going down with an in-game ankle injury and Mike Hughes out for the season with a knee injury.
Kearse played 22 snaps on defense Sunday and got time at nickelback with Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes hurt.
Kearse is a safety, but his flexibility to play some cornerback in a pinch is beneficial asset for Minnesota's defense. He'll likely return to a reserve role this week as Minnesota 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 saftey 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.
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