Another week, another game without Eric Berry.
Berry, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Denver Broncos in week two and has been dealing with a heel problem since the preseason, will miss Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Andy Reid told the media today Berry tried to give it a go this week but things ‘weren’t feeling right’ with the ankle. There is still no timetable on his return.
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Chris Owens, who sprained his knee colliding with Phillip Gaines – who is probable for Sunday – while trying to block a field goal, will also miss Sunday’s game. Reid wouldn’t tip his hand how the Chiefs will plan to replace him this week but the thoughts from those around the team think Gaines will be the primary replacement.
Donnie Avery is also out for Sunday with his groin injury but we knew that was going to happen.
Meanwhile, the Chargers are pretty banged up themselves. Brandon Flowers missed two days of practice with a groin injury and will be listed as questionable for Sunday. Questionable generally means a player has a 50-50 shot of playing but since Flowers practiced – though limited – on Friday it would seem to indicate he will play.
Running back Ryan Matthews and Donald Brown along with linebacker Manti Te’o will be out for the Chargers. Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney injured his knee in practice this week and is listed as questionable. Jason Varrett is expected to play but he was listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.
One would think with a slowed Flowers and Varrett, a bad defensive line, and no Te’o that Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce, and De’Anthony Thomas should be able to have big games. Reid is 13-2 in his career after the bye and this game is a virtual must-win for the Chiefs if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. I’d expect those three players to see a lot targets and carries go their way.
I hope, anyway.