Kearse (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
It seemed evident upon replay of the injury that Kearse would miss an extended amount of time, so this designation shouldn't come as much of a shock. The veteran wide receiver was expected to have a significant role in the passing attack behind Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, but that will now fall into the hands of relative newcomers Tommylee Lewis, Brandon Powell or Andy Jones.
Kearse was diagnosed with a broken leg after he was carted off the field during Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Kearse had to be carted off the field with an air cast, so there were signs it could be a serious injury. It what was supposed to be a bounce-back season for the veteran, he'll know be facing a lengthy rehab process. Tommylee Lewis and Andy Jones could stand to benefit as long as Kearse is sidelined.
Kearse was carted off the field Thursday against the Patriots with his leg in an air cast, Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe reports.
In general, air casts are used to stabilize serious injuries, so Kearse may be facing a lengthy rehab effort. However, the Lions have yet to release the nature of the issue.
Kearse agreed Thursday with the Lions on a one-year, $1.35 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Despite being 29 years old and just two seasons removed from an 800-yard campaign, Kearse settled for a one-year contract from a team that already has its top-three wideout spots solidified with Kenny Golladay (chest), Marvin Jones (knee) and Danny Amendola. Coming off an ugly 2018 campaign with just 4.9 yards per target, Kearse may need to battle Tommylee Lewis, Andy Jones and Brandon Powell for the No. 4 spot on Detroit's depth chart. Kearse reunites with Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held the same position in Seattle from 2011 to 2017.
Kearse recently turned down a contract offer from the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Kearse is just two years removed from an 810-yard, five-touchdown season and doesn't seem happy with the offers he's getting on the open market. He mentioned in April that he'd be interested in a return to Seattle, but the Seahawks then used three draft picks on wide receivers. The 29-year-old averaged just 4.9 yards on 76 targets last season, finishing last in the league among all WRs with 30 or more receptions. Kearse missed Week 17 with an Achilles injury, but his workout with Detroit apparently went well enough to induce a contract offer -- just not an offer to his liking.
Kearse (Achilles) said in late March that he'd be interested in rejoining the Seahawks, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Kearse is one of the bigger names still available after four weeks of free agency, coming off a 2018 season in which he produced his fewest yards (371) since 2013. He's 29 years old and owns a lifetime mark of just 7.3 yards per target, but he's only two years removed from a career-best 2017 campaign with 65 catches for 810 yards and five scores. Kearse caught on with Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2012 and stayed with the team until he was traded to the Jets at the end of the 2017 preseason. It isn't clear if his interest in a Seahawks reunion is mutual, but it would make sense given the current state of the team's depth chart at wide receiver.
Kearse (Achilles) finished the 2018 season with 37 catches for 371 yards and one touchdown.
Kearse took a major step back after recording career highs across the board with 65 catches, 810 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with the Jets. The interest in Kearse as an unrestricted free agent this offseason is likely to be tepid, and he's unlikely to work his way onto the fantasy radar in most formats regardless of where he lands.
Kearse (Achilles) won't play Sunday against the Patriots.
Nor will Quincy Enunwa (ankle), which sets the stage for Robby Anderson to head the Jets' Week 17 wideout corps, with Rich Cimini of ESPN.com suggesting that Andre Roberts and Deontay Burnett figure to serve as the team's No. 2 and No. 3 receivers in the team's season finale. Kearse, who turns 29 in February, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason on the heels of a 2018 season in which he logged 37 catches (on 76 targets) for 371 yards and a TD in 14 games.
Kearse (Achilles) wasn't seen at the early portion of Friday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
What appears to be Kearse's third straight absence at practice this week puts him on track to miss the season finale at New England. The 28-year-old suffered the injury Week 16 against the Packers and underwent X-rays on Monday. Quincy Enunwa (ankle) has been similarly absent this week, leaving little depth at wide receiver behind top target Robby Anderson.
Kearse (Achilles) wasn't on the field for the start of Thursday's practice, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Kearse is thus on track to log no practice reps for the second straight day and is looking unlikely to be available for Sunday's season finale against the Patriots. Unless Kearse changes the narrative by practicing Friday in some capacity, the Jets will likely have little in the way of quality depth behind top wideout Robby Anderson in Week 17. The remaining three healthy receivers on the roster -- Andre Roberts, Charone Peake and Deontay Burnett -- have combined for 14 catches between them this season.
Kearse (Achilles) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
The same applies to Quincy Enunwa (ankle), whose chances of playing Sunday against the Patriots seem slim. Kearse's Week 17 availability remains more uncertain, but the fact that he hasn't been placed on injured reserve suggests that his Achilles injury isn't a major one. If Kearse is ultimately ruled out for the season finale, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake and Deontay Burnett could all be in line for more work behind clear No. 1 receiver Robby Anderson.
Coach Todd Bowles said that Kearse suffered an Achilles injury in the Week 16 loss to the Packers and would undergo X-rays on Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Kearse played 34 of the Jets' 60 offensive snaps in the 44-38 overtime loss, hauling in all four of his targets for 55 yards. While it's possible that Kearse is only being sent in for scans for precautionary purposes, his status for the season finale Sunday in New England is at least temporarily uncertain. Bowles also acknowledged that Quincy Enunwa (ankle) has a "slim" chance of playing Week 17, so if Kearse is unable to suit up, the Jets would lack many established options at receiver beyond top target Robby Anderson.
Kearse caught all four of his targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 44-38 loss to the Packers.
Kearse eclipsed 50 yards for just the third time this season. You have to be in a deep league to rely on Kearse's services against the Patriots in Week 17 given that he's found the end zone just once all season. To play devil's advocate, that one touchdown did come in the Jets' first meeting with New England.
Kearse caught two of five targets for nine yards in Saturday's 29-22 loss to the Texans.
Kearse actually finished second on the team in targets behind Robby Anderson's 11, beating out a quartet of guys with four apiece. With almost no big-play ability to speak of, Kearse has had a forgettable season save for a couple of unexpected outbursts.
Kearse caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills.
Kearse was quiet in rookie quarterback Sam Darnold's (foot) return under center. While this performance left a lot to be desired, Kearse could find himself more involved against the Texans in Week 15 if Quincy Enunwa -- who left this one after aggravating an ankle injury -- is forced to sit out.
Kearse didn't have any targets in Sunday's 26-22 loss to the Titans, despite playing 49 of 69 snaps (71 percent) on offense.
Kearse had 12 targets the previous week in a 27-13 loss to New England, marking a fourth consecutive game with at least five opportunities in the passing game. His disappearance was partially linked to a lack of overall passing volume in a game the Jets led until the final minute, but Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Chris Herndon still managed to draw six or seven targets apiece. Kearse has been monstrously inefficient with just 4.6 yards per target, but he at least figures to bounce back in terms of volume Week 14 in Buffalo, facing a defense ranked second in the league for yards allowed per pass attempt (6.4).
Kearse caught six of 12 targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 loss to New England.
Where has this Kearse been all year? He gave New York a 7-0 lead with a 16-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter -- his first touchdown of the season. Kearse has 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown in his two best performances of the season and just 15 catches for 137 yards in his other eight appearances. Chances are he fades back into obscurity against the Titans in Week 13.
Kearse caught two of five targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills.
Kearse has contributed to New York's awful performance on offense over the past few weeks. Unless the Jets shake things up and replace the current coaching staff with a more Kearse-friendly regime during the Week 11 bye, the veteran wide receiver is unlikely to be a fantasy factor.
Kearse caught three of nine targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 13-6 loss to Miami.
Kearse led his team in targets, but he failed to do much with the opportunity on a mistake-plagued day that featured a drop over the middle and a missed sideline catch on which he mindlessly stepped out of bounds before bringing the ball in. With Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa both making their return from ankle injuries in this contest, Kearse's target share likely will decrease against the Bills in Week 10 and beyond.
Kearse turned 10 targets into just three catches for 30 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.
Kearse is a smart receiver who knows how to find soft spots in zone coverage, but he just doesn't have the skills to consistently get separation in man-to-man situations, especially with the defense shading his way without Quincy Enunwa (ankle) or Robby Anderson (ankle) to worry about. Perhaps Kearse will find more success against the less imposing Dolphins secondary in Week 9.
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