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Kansas City Chiefs preparing to be without Eric Berry vs. Colts

Eric Berry

The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing for their Divisional Round playoff matchup with the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday as if safety Eric Berry will not be available, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The Chiefs have not completely ruled Berry out yet, but it’s looking like they will be taking the Colts without him.

Berry has not practiced this week due to an Achilles injury that he re-aggravated during his team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.

The 30-year-old tore his Achilles in the first game of the regular season in 2017 and finally returned to the field last month during the Chiefs’ loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15.

However, after just two games, Berry seems to have flared up the injury again.

Berry, who played his collegiate football at the University of Tennessee, was originally selected by Kansas City with the fifth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

When healthy, Berry has been one of the league’s best defensive players during his NFL tenure, but whether it has been a torn Achilles or a bout with cancer, the defensive back has unfortunately been unable to stay on the field.

The five-time Pro Bowler last played a full season in 2016, racking up 77 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble, nine passes defended, and two defensive touchdowns en route to his most recent trip to Honolulu and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The Chiefs won 12 games and captured the AFC West division title this year and also locked down the No. 1 seed in the AFC.