Eric Berry: Kansas City Chiefs Safety Diagnosed with a High Ankle Sprain, per Reports


January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) poses with fans during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Per’s Adam Caplan, Eric Berry’s injury appears more severe than previously thought.

As far as a timetable is concerned, high ankle sprains are always difficult to pinpoint. The window ranges from a few weeks (Grade 1) to possible surgery (Grade 3). Until that information becomes public, it’s impossible to gauge how long the Pro Bowler will be sidelined.

Regardless, from a football perspective, the workload(s) of Husain Abdullah, Ron Parker and Co. just got exponentially larger.

In Week 3, the secondary (particularly Sean Smith, Chris Owens and Abdullah) excelled, posting its best effort of the season. While Abdullah allowed five receptions on seven targets, the receivers averaged just 7.9 yards per catch. He also added one pass defensed.

To minimize the damage left by Berry’s absence, Parker reverted back to safety. Last Sunday, Ryan Tannehill tested him only once, and the pass fell incomplete.

At least Tom Brady is deteriorating, right? [Crosses fingers]

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