Chiefs news: Eric Berry not expected to play in Week 13 vs. Raiders
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Chiefs’ Eric Berry not expected to play in Week 13 vs. Raiders

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The Kansas City Chiefs may have to wait a little while longer for star safety Eric Berry’s much-awaited return.

Berry, who has missed the entire season due to a long-standing heel injury, is not expected to play in Week 13 vs. the Oakland Raiders despite returning to practice this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

However, Berry hasn’t been officially ruled out for Sunday yet and had no setbacks in his return to practice, which is a promising sign. If he is unable to suit up on Sunday, he’ll get his next chance to make his season debut against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

Berry, a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro, has been dealing with what’s known as a Haglund’s deformity in his surgically-repaired Achilles. That’s a bone spur that basically digs into the Achilles, which is an extremely painful condition.

Berry is no stranger to battling difficult conditions. Over the course of his career, he’s overcome an ACL tear, an Achilles tear, and even cancer. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s now close to returning despite this new debilitating injury.

Even with the release of star running back Kareem Hunt and Berry’s likely absence, the Chiefs should still have more than enough to beat the 2-9 Raiders. But the Chiefs will be hoping Berry can shake off the rust following his long layoff during the tail-end of the regular season and possibly provide a boost to their subpar defense in time for the playoffs.