The Detroit Lions have made a roster move this afternoon, informing S Jayron Kearse that he'll be released by the team and will soon be on waivers.
The #Lions have informed starting safety Jayron Kearse of his release, source said, and he’ll go on waivers today. The former Viking started 7 games in Detroit with 59 tackles. An experienced DB who could potentially help a contender in the playoffs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 28, 2020
He'll be available for any of the 31 other NFL teams to claim, and could potentially provide veteran help to a team in contention.
Kearse, who didn't play during Saturday's debacle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a hip injury, had been Detroit's most consistent safety this season. In 11 games played this year, Kearse recorded a total 59 tackles; 41 of them solo. He had also previously started seven straight games prior to missing Saturday's game.
Kearse played collegiately at Clemson and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He then signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Lions this past March.