Chiefs coach Andy Reid says there is ‘a chance’ Eric Berry will play on Thursday night
Chiefs could get another boost for Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with the possibility of Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry makes his season debut for the contest according to Nate Taylor of the Athletic.
Andy Reid: “There’s a chance” that Eric Berry could make his season debut Thursday. “I know he’s wants to be out there,” Reid said of Berry.
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) December 10, 2018
It has been a long recovery process for Berry over the last year since tearing his Achilles tendon in the season opener last year against the New England Patriots. Since the injury, he hadn’t been able to take the practice field due to lingering issues with his Achilles tendon that had seen him experience persistent pain and soreness in the area.
However, he has been able to take part in some sort of capacity on the practice field over the last several days that has put him on the trajectory of being back on the field prior to the playoffs.
When healthy, he has proven to be one of the top safeties in the league, earning five Pro Bowl nods, three First-Team All-Pro selections, and an NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He is a game-changing talent that could anchor a Chiefs’ secondary that has struggled at times this season and provide stability on the back end of their defense.
Berry’s presence would give them a huge asset to that unit of their defense and could give them an extra necessary push in the playoffs to get over the hump.
In the meantime, this is a situation that the Chiefs will continue to monitor over the next couple of days in order to get a better sense of where he is at physically. The fact that he has a chance to play is a huge step in the right direction.