Chiefs’ Eric Berry expected to play vs. Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry may have missed his team’s Divisional Round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend, but he is expected to play against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Berry was limited to just two games this season while he recovered from a torn Achilles he suffered on opening night in 2017.
The 30-year-old returned to the field in Week 15 and played two games before re-aggravating the Achilles issue the following week in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
He then missed the Chiefs’ season finale against the Oakland Raiders and was held out against the Colts.
When healthy, Berry is one of the best defensive backs—and defensive players in general—in the NFL, but whether it has been a tore ACL, a torn Achilles or a fight with cancer, Berry has had a whole lot of difficulty staying on the field throughout his career.
He last played a full season in 2016, when he racked up 77 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble, nine passes defended and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and First-Team All-Pro honors.
Throughout his nine-year NFL tenure, Berry has made five trips to Honolulu and has earned three First-Team All-Pro selections. However, he has essentially missed three whole seasons and also had a year in 2014 when he only played in six games due to a cancer diagnosis.
Berry, 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.