SEATTLE — With Percy Harvin out after hip surgery, it seemed very likely wide receiver Kearse would end up on the Seattle Seahawks final roster.
He likely cemented his spot Saturday night, showing off skills he never displayed in college or the pros.
Kearse caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson and returned a kickoff 107 yards for a score and the Seahawks used big plays to rout the Denver Broncos 40-10 in a preseason game.
Brandon Browner added a 106-yard fumble return for a touchdown, one of three turnovers forced by the Seahawks in the first half. Browner earlier forced a fumble and O'Brien Schofield also had a forced fumble and recovery.
Peyton Manning played the first 11/2; quarters and threw an 11-yard touchdown to Wes Welker, and Von Miller played briefly after missing his first training camp practice Thursday to consult with the union's lawyers over his appeal of his suspension.
But those appearances were secondary for the Broncos. Starting defensive end Derek Wolfe was taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his neck in the first quarter. Denver later saw starting right guard Louis Vasquez leave with a left knee injury. The Broncos already had lost center Dan Koppen for the season with a torn ACL early in camp.
Wolfe was hurt with 9 minutes left in the quarter and on Seattle's first offensive drive while he was blocked on a running play in which the Seahawks' Robert Turbin gained 8 yards. The Broncos said Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury and had movement in all of his extremities.
Denver coach John Fox said at halftime that a CT scan showed no broken bones and the team was awaiting results of an MRI.
Wolfe was initially cut on the play by Seattle's Luke Willson. As Wolfe was getting back up, fullback Michael Robinson collided with Wolfe appearing to compress his head and neck. Wolfe remained on the ground and appeared to be moving his legs initially, but medical personnel strapped him to a backboard and took him away in an ambulance.
Kearse never returned kicks in college at Washington or last season in his limited time on the Seahawks' active roster. But the return game is one question the Seahawks have yet to answer with Harvin out for quite a while following surgery.
Manning helped Denver rolle up 209 offensive yards in the first half, mostly against Seattle's starting defense and most of that coming from Manning. He finished 11 of 16 for 163 yards and his TD toss to Welker, but neither Ronnie Hillman (13 carries for 34 yards) nor Montee Ball (six carries, 28 yards) was able to establish much in the run game.
Packers 19, Rams 7
At St. Louis, Aaron Rodgers got the Green Bay Packers on the scoreboard for the first time in the preseason, but settled for six points after three productive drives in a victory over St. Louis.
Sam Bradford had only himself to blame for putting up nice numbers, going 8 for 12 for 156 yards, with nothing to show for four possessions.
Cardinals 12, Cowboys 7
At Glendale, Ariz., Dallas committed six turnovers, five in the first half, and Arizona sputtered past the Cowboys in the Cardinals' preseason home opener.
Jay Feely kicked field goals of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards for the Cardinals in the home debut of coach Bruce Arians.
Tony Romo completed 7 of 10 passes for 142 yards for Dallas (1-2) but was undone by two fumbles by his receivers, one at the Arizona 7. He also overthrew wide-open Terrance Williams for what would have been a sure touchdown.
Jets 37, Jaguars 13
At East Rutherford, N.J., Mark Sanchez led New York on five scoring drives in three quarters in an up-and down performance in a victory over Jacksonville.
Sanchez, trying to fend off rookie Geno Smith to keep his starting job, threw a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but also was intercepted at the goal line and cost New York (1-1) an early scoring opportunity. Smith sat out with a sprained ankle suffered in the preseason opener at Detroit.
Texans 24, Dolphins 17
At Houston, Matt Schaub had a touchdown pass and backups Case Keenum and T.J. Yates both added a score to help Houston beat Miami.
Schaub played most of the first quarter for Houston (2-0) and got off to a rough start, throwing an interception on his first series and being sacked on third down on the second. He and the offense got going on the next drive, and he found tight end Owen Daniels wide open in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Houston first-round pick receiver DeAndre Hopkins was also injured; leaving in the second quarter with what the team says is a head injury.
Bengals 27, Titans 19
At Cincinnati, rookie running back Giovani Bernard carried seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown, and turned a short pass into a 22-yard gain, giving the Bengals (2-0) the diversity they're seeking out of the backfield.
After failing to score in the first quarter of a 34-10 win in Atlanta last week, the Bengals' starters piled up 220 yards in the first half. Andy Dalton was 9 of 14 for 115 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass.
The Titans (0-2) failed to get a touchdown out of their starting offense in the first half, and they missed three consecutive field goals.