Chiefs ready to start ‘easing’ Eric Berry in if he’s ‘comfortable’
The Kansas City Chiefs were on the losing end of one of the most spectacular games of the 2018 NFL season. Fortunately, they received some good news on safety Eric Berry.
Berry has been sidelined with a heel injury all season. According to Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star, head coach Andy Reid indicated that he may be ready to get back on the field in the near future:
“We’ll see,” Reid said. “He’s feeling quite a bit better. He’s been making steady progress. We’ll see how this and next week go for him.
“If he feels comfortable and the docs are good with it and he is, we’ll start easing him in.”
This is certainly an encouraging update from Reid. Berry has not practiced since training camp and will undoubtedly need some time to get into playing shape. However, Reid’s comments indicate that he could be good to go by the time the playoffs roll around.
Berry’s absence has been heavily missed by Kansas City’s defense all season. This was extremely evident during their 54-51 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on primetime. The matchup certainly fits its billing as the highest-scoring game in NFL history. Both teams had no shortage of firepower on offense, however, the Rams were able to utilize their star power on defense, which ultimately proved to be the difference.
Berry’s looming return spells plenty of hope for the Chiefs’ chances at competing for a championship this year. Having the presence of a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro should undoubtedly help give the defense an added edge in the playoffs.