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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chiefs Injury Report: Eric Berry, Donnie Avery, Travis Kelce

By on 10/26/2014 08:49:00 AM

This week the Kansas City Chiefs will be taking on the St. Louis Rams in a AFC West-NFC West showdown. Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle), WR Donnie Avery (groin) and TE Travis Kelce (ribs) have all experienced injuries this past week. While Donnie Avery has been confirmed out by the Chiefs injury report, Kelce and Berry are listed as probable and questionable going into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The news was reported via the Chiefs official injury report.

Strong safety Eric Berry, a perennial starter, has seen the injury report more times than not this season. This season Berry has started just two of the Chiefs six games this season because of numerous injuries. This time, it was reported that Berry still had lingering issues with his ankle. This week has seen Berry participate in practice, although very limitedly. This Sunday Berry is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. If Berry cannot go, back-ups Ron Coleman or Kurt Coleman will most likely take his place.

Wide receiver Donnie Avery has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. In four games this season Avery has caught 14 passes for 156 yards. Avery, coming off of hernia surgery, will be missing his third game in a row due to groin issues. In Avery’s place will most likely be WR Junior Hemingway (who happens to be questionable with a hamstring injury) or A.J. Jenkins.

Finally, second-year TE Travis Kelce will most likely go Sunday as he is currently listed as probable against St. Louis. According to SB Nation’s Arrowhead Pride, “Chiefs coach Andy Reid said TE Travis Kelce has a sore rib, mostly up in the cartilage area, according to Reid. "We just have to see how he does here but I think he'll be OK as we go," Reid said. This season Kelce has caught 24 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. This week Kelce was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but ended up fully participating during Friday’s practice. If Kelce can go for the Chiefs, Alex Smith’s job will get a little bit easier against the Rams 14th-ranked pass defense.

All in all, these injuries will make things a little bit harder for Alex Smith and this Chiefs ball club against St. Louis on Sunday. While Smith has compensated for Donnie Avery’s loss by going to WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Travis Kelce, losing Kelce and Eric Berry would be huge for these Chiefs. Kelce is one of the Chiefs most talented receivers with over 300 yards in six games. Losing him would mean losing a valuable red zone threat for a Kansas City passing offense that ranks third-worst in the league. As for Berry, his pass-defending presence would surely be missed on a defense that ranks second in the league in passing yards allowed per game this season. Hopefully these Chiefs will be back to 100% as the weeks roll on.

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