Report: Chiefs’ Eric Berry expected back at practice next week
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is expected to return to practice in the coming week, according to Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star. This is fantastic news considering it has been over 100 days since Berry has seen any action due to a heel injury.
Berry has been through a lot in the past few years. He was named Comeback Player of the Year back in 2016 after battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma and overcoming the horrific disease.
When Berry accepted the award, he gave a moving speech at the ESPYs:
“I’m not a victim of circumstance. I’m not a victim of diagnosis. I can do it if I put my mind to it, and I have a wonderful support system. So, I’m not accepting this award for me, I’m accepting it for all the fighters out there. Regardless of what your circumstance is, regardless of what your diagnosis is, just keep pushing and always remember, ‘Honor your legacy, baby.’ And you can push through it.”
To say that Berry can overcome his current heel injury would be a serious understatement after everything he has been through. Berry is an elite safety when healthy, and he could have a nice comeback once more barring any additional setbacks,
The Chiefs likely won’t rush Berry back in time to play agains the Oakland Raiders in Week 13, as they can surely handle their weakest division rival this season fairly easily without him. The Chiefs are sitting comfortably in first place in the AFC West at 9-2.
Berry is undoubtedly the captain of the defense on or off the field, and it could be the push the Chiefs need to get the defense back to what it was just couple seasons ago. Hopefully, the star safety can play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.