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Chiefs safety Eric Berry doesn’t need surgery, expects to participate in all offseason activities

Eric Berry, Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry dealt with a nagging heel injury that caused him to miss most of the 2018 campaign, but he does not need surgery, according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports.

Berry also expects to participate in all offseason activities, an indication that he has fully healed from the ailment.

The defensive back played in just two games in 2018 and also appeared in just one contest in 2017 as a result of tearing his Achilles during the Chiefs’ first game of the season.

Berry has not played a full season since 2016, when he racked up 77 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble, nine passes defended, and a couple of defensive touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Tennessee, was originally selected by Kansas City with the fifth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He immediately stamped his name among the best defensive backs in the league during his rookie campaign, finishing with 87 tackles, two sacks, four picks, a forced fumble, nine passes defended, and a defensive score, making a trip to Honolulu as a result.

The following season, Berry suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 and ended up missing the entire year.

He returned to the field in 2012 and ended up making back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances in 2012 and 2013, including a First-Team All-Pro selection in the latter season.

Then, in December 2014, Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was limited to just six games. Thankfully, he returned completely healthy in 2015 and made yet another Pro Bowl while earning First-Team All-Pro honors yet again.