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Report: Chiefs’ Eric Berry will likely need offseason surgery to fix heel issue

Eric Berry, Chiefs

While he was removed from the Chiefs’ injury report before their AFC Championship match up against the New England Patriots, Eric Berry, Kansas City’s star safety will likely need surgery on his heel once their season ends.

Berry missed all but the final two regular-season games this season, and also sat out the team’s divisional round game against the Indianapolis Colts last week. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that he will undergo further examinations on his heel once their season ends, and will likely need surgery to correct the issue.

The 30-year-old defender has been named to five Pro Bowls and First Team All-Pro three times. In December of 2014, Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, after going through chemotherapy in the offseason and being declared cancer free, Berry came back for the 2015 season and was named the 2015 AP Comeback Player of the Year.

Last season, in their week one match up with New England Patriots, Berry recorded seven combined tackles, before leaving their 42–27 victory in the fourth quarter after rupturing his Achilles and that he would missing the rest of the season.

Berry returns for another game against the Patriots. Chiefs fans will hope that their excellent pass rush, featuring Dee Ford and Justin Houston, can rush Tom Brady and allow Berry the opportunity to pick off Brady. It would be his first interception since Christmas Day 2016, when Berry intercepted a pass from Trevor Siemian.

The Patriots and Chiefs kick off tonight at 6:40 p.m. EST on CBS. Winner faces either the New Orleans Saints or Los Angles Rams in the Super Bowl in Atlanta.