Eric Berry cleared to return to Chiefs


Eric Berry is back. After enduring the scare of his life with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November, the Kansas City Chiefs strong safety has been cleared to practice with the team on Wednesday, per a release from the team.

Berry was not able to play in the final six games of last season after getting the cancer diagnosis, and has been undergoing treatment since. Head coach Andy Reid talked about the potential for news to be coming on Wednesday about the All-Pro, but the team decided to break some great news early. Here was the official release:

"After several rounds of thorough testing and a process that concluded late Tuesday evening, Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been cleared to take the practice field with the club for Wednesday morning’s practice with quarterbacks, rookies and injured players.Head Coach Andy Reid and Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder will address Berry’s medical and football timeline post practice on Wednesday. Following their address, Berry will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. in the Presidential Room at Blum Union on the campus of Missouri Western State University."

This is more than just about a player coming back to a football team. This is a beautiful thing. This is about a man getting his life back. Berry is only 26 years old, and we can all hope that this health scare will remain behind him for the rest of his life.

Berry was drafted with the fifth-overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft and immediately led the Chiefs to a division title while making the Pro Bowl. He tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2011 season but rebounded to make the Pro Bowl in both 2012 and 2013.

Obviously, we will have all that press conference coverage and more right here on Arrowhead Addict.

Tonight is a great night in Chiefs Kingdom, and much more importantly the Berry household.