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Friday, August 15, 2014

Chiefs Injury Update: Eric Berry ruled out for week 2 preseason game

By on 8/15/2014 09:37:00 PM

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry will sit out this weeks preseason game as his team travels to Carolina to face the Panthers, reports Terez Paylor at the Kansas City Star.

Berry has been fighting this injury since the first weekend of training camp. What was originally called a sprain has now been diagnosed as tendinitis in his heel.

Head coach Andy Reid addressed the issue after Eric Berry left the practice field on Tuesday saying, "He's got tendinitis back there and he works a few days and it bothers him so we back off."

Berry aggravated his heel injury after practicing every day since the Cincinnati Bengals game in which he was not a part of. Daniel Sorensen, the undrafted rookie from BYU, took the start in place of the injured Berry last week, and looks to take the start again this week against the Panthers. with the nature of his injury, Berry will more than likely not play any games this preseason, and partake in minimal practices.

Making sure he is healthy is going to be priority number one as Berry will need to be a big part of the Chiefs secondary this year. Berry will more than likely play more of the stereotypical safety role this season, rather than the linebacker/safety hybrid that Kansas City is used to in their run defense. He had a career high with three and a half sacks last season and pulled down three interceptions.

The All-Pro veteran is going into his fifth year and shouldn't need the constant repetition of practice to be effective. With the tendinitis being in Berry's heel, and in combination with the increased time he will be spending in the secondary, Kansas City is going to be very careful with how much he participates in all team activities.

Don't be surprised if we don't see Berry until week 1 of the regular season.

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