Report: Eric Berry reports to Chiefs with ‘intent to practice this week’
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry finally plans to make a return to the practice field. The safety reported to the team’s facility and declared his intentions to return to practice, according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry reported to the team’s facility today with the intent to practice this week, per sources. Still TBD as to whether he will play Sunday vs. Oakland, though.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) November 27, 2018
Berry, who has not played since the first week of the 2017 season, is looking for a possible comeback on the field with the team. The five-time Pro Bowler has been sidelined because of an Achilles injury he suffered in last year’s opener against the New England Patriots. He was placed on the injured reserve list afterward and was operated on three days after the game.
As a result, the 29-year-old missed the remainder of the 2017 season. Berry tried to make a return this year, but failed to do so because of setbacks in his recovery. He took part in the Chiefs’ team practices in July and August, but discovered that he had a Haglund’s deformity in his heel, which prevented him from making a comeback.
Though listed by the Chiefs as day-to-day, Berry has been inactive in the first 11 games of the season. He has yet to make an appearance in team practices this season.
Berry’s return could significantly improve the Chiefs’ defense, a unit that currently leads the league in most passing yards allowed, per ESPN.
Berry blossomed into a star in the secondary since going fifth overall to the Chiefs in the 2010 draft. In 86 games with Kansas City, he has recorded 434 tackles, 14 interceptions, 50 pass deflections and five defensive touchdowns.
Not to mention, Eric Berry was a member of the All-Pro team in 2013, 2015, and 2016.