After just the fifth play of the game, Kearse was carted off the field with an apparent broken leg and other injuries during Thursday night’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots in Detroit.
Video shows New England defender Terrence Brooks rolling into Kearse’s ankles as he and another Patriot pursue a Detroit ball carrier. Kearse was attempting to throw a block for his teammate.
Kearse, 29, a native of Washington state, played college football at the University of Washington. He started his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks and was a member of that club’s Super Bowl championship team following the 2013 season.
Kearse later played for the New York Jets before signing a one-year deal with the Lions in June.
New England went on to defeat Detroit, 31 to 3.