It has been an unbelievably tough week for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, they watched their team drop its third straight game, this one a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, possibly ending their playoff aspirations. And on Monday, they received disheartening news about beloved Strong Safety Eric Berry.
On November 24th, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Berry had been placed on the Non-Football Illness list (NFI), effectively ending his season. It was a colossal surprise, until reports surfaced that a mass had been discovered in Berry’s chest, and it could very well be cancerous. As a result of the tests, Berry flew to Atlanta to see a Lymphoma specialist at Emory University, where everyone’s fears were confirmed.
Dr. Christopher Flowers, of Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, diagnosed Berry with what he called a “very treatable and potentially curable” strand of Hodgkin Lymphoma. Berry immediately released the following statement:
My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and well wishes. I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m praying for you and keep fighting!
Individuals around the league have shown overwhelming support for Berry. Arizona head coach, Bruce Arians, even donned a “Be Bold Be Brave Be Berry” t-shirt, on game day.
The Chiefs season has taken a backseat to Berry’s health, and rightfully so. However, it appears that after three consecutive losses to the Raiders, Broncos, and Cardinals, their season may already be over. At 7-6, the team would most likely need to win out for a chance at the playoffs. Their next game will be played against the 2-11 Raiders, at Arrowhead, on Sunday.
As for Berry, the road back will be long and grueling, but the three-time Pro-Bowler has promised that he will return to the game, and the team, that he loves. I know that I speak for all of us here at Sports Injury Alert, when I say that we are pulling for him as well. Our thoughts will be with you!
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