Chiefs’ Eric Berry felt ‘pretty good’ in return
However, it was a game that welcomed the return of Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry for his first appearance since the season opener last year as he has been working his way back a torn Achilles tendon. Following his season debut, Berry voiced much optimism about how it went in his first go around in more than a year, according to Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star.
“It felt pretty good,” Berry said after the game. “I got a few different looks I couldn’t get at practice. I felt like we handled them well as a defense. Short week, but I think we did pretty well.”
Berry performed well in his first game back from injury as he played in just the first half of the contest where he provided stable play in the secondary. There was an obvious pick up in play from that unit with his presence, but some clear adjustments that need to be made in order for him to get back into the fold in a larger capacity.
That said, it was expected for him to have some difficulty given that he hasn’t played in a game in over a year, which means that he needs to acclimate to playing at that speed once again while getting more comfortable in identifying plays and formations like had previously done over the bulk of his career.
His return to the field is a huge boost for the Chiefs as it brings back not only a major contributor and tone-setter but also one of the leaders of the defense. These next couple of weeks of the regular season will be a chance for him to get his legs further under him.