Chiefs’ Eric Berry expected to start, play limited snaps vs. Chargers
It has been a long road to recovery for Kansas City Chiefs star safety Eric Berry as he’s 15 months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Berry has finally made some significant progress forward as of late that has put him on track to play in Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (per Kevin Patra of NFL.com), he is expected to start in the contest in his first game back but will be a limited number of snaps.
The Kansas City Chiefs safety will start and be on a pitch count in Thursday night’s battle with the Los Angeles Chargers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.
This is a notable step forward for Berry as he last took the field in the season opener last year against the New England Patriots. It has been a grueling recovery process for him that has featured some physical obstacles to overcome in the process through the last several months in order to get back to resume his NFL career.
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 has shown to be a game-changing talent that can anchor the Chiefs’ secondary that has struggled at times this season and provides stability on the back end of their defense.
Kansas City will likely feel out how many snaps will be appropriate for him in his first game back in the fold. The team is hoping that he can be a major factor in their secondary that could make a difference come playoff time behind his experience and leadership. Beyond that, this is a chance for him to finally get past his injury and get back on track.