KERRY are top of the league but their fifth win out of six league games - a 0-20 to 1-13 victory over LAOIS - was tarnished by the dismissal of Tomás O Se - his third red card in just 10 months.
O Sé received his marching orders in the 10th minute following an off-the-ball incident at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.
Five-time All-Ireland winner ó Sé was starting his first league game since his dismissal against Armagh last month, and this latest red card means he is likely to miss Kerry's next two league games, at home to Mayo on April 8 and the semi-final.
The worst possible scenario for the Kingdom could see the wing-back miss out on the first round of the Munster SFC, if his ban is extended.
But 14-man Kerry battled for more than 60 minutes to dig out victory against a Laois side that had turned a four-point half-time deficit (0-11 to 0-7) into a one-point lead (1-11 to 0-13) after 15 minutes of the second half, following a well-worked Colm Begley goal.
The second-half introduction of Marc ó Sé, Paul Galvin, Kieran Donaghy and Anthony Maher acted as a calming influence, with Kerry responding to Begley's goal by reeling off five points on the trot.
Kerry outscored Laois 0-7 to 0-2 in the final quarter -- Bryan Sheehan (three) and 0-1 apiece from star man Patrick Curtin, Declan O'Sullivan, Maher and Aidan O'Mahony.
MAYO suffered their third defeat in five matches and a second loss to 14 men two weeks in a row as CORK won by a point, 0-14 to 0-13, at Elverys McHale Park yesterday.
The home side had led by five points against 14 men -- Cork had Mark Collins sent off for an off-the-ball incident after 35 minutes -- with 18 minutes left of normal time, but Cork fought back.
Mayo lost last Sunday week to Donegal who, by coincidence, had a man sent off at precisely the same time as Cork.
ARMAGH's hopes of avoiding relegation were boosted by a thrilling 1-14 to 0-16 derby victory over DOWN.
The hosts suffered an early injury blow at the Athletic Grounds when Peter Carragher was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg.