Lions WR Jermaine Kearse was carted during Thursday’s first preseason game after suffering a left leg injury that required an air cast.
Kearse was rolled up on by a defensive player while blocking on a running play.
Based on video of the player, David Chao says this a “classic left high ankle fracture/dislocation” that will likely require surgery and end his 2019 season.
Dave Birkett mentions that Kearse had an opportunity this summer to be the Lions’ No. 4 receiver.
Kearse, 29, originally signed on with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Washington back in 2012. He spent his rookie season on and off of the Seahawks’ practice squad before making the 53-man roster the following year.
The Seahawks re-signed Kearse to a three-year, $13.5 million contract in 2016. In 2017, the Seahawks traded Kearse to the Jets as a part of the deal for DT Sheldon Richardson.
The Lions signed Kearse to a one-year contract worth $1.35 million in June.
In 2018, Kearse played in 14 games for the Jets and recorded 37 receptions for 371 yards receiving (10.0 YPC) and one touchdown.