Eric Berry injury update: Chiefs safety expected to practice this week

The Kansas City Chiefs expect Eric Berry to return to practice this week, at least to some extent, after missing the Bengals game on Saturday.

As dominant as the Kansas City Chiefs looked on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals in their 30-12 win, the defense was missing a few key contributors that kept them from showing everything they can do. Most notable among the absent was All-Pro safety Eric Berry, who has been recovering from a sore heel.

Head coach Andy Reid addressed the media on Sunday and mentioned Berry in the process, saying he expected to get the Tennessee Volunteer product back in practice, at least “a little” this week.

“We’ll just have to see how he feels. We’re being a little conservative with him in that area. I think we know what he can do, but at the same time, I want to make sure that he’s comfortable going into our first game against New England. We’ll see how he feels. He’s a determined guy, so I might have to out the clamps on him a little bit because he’s full throttle when he’s out there.”

The Chiefs care with Berry at this point is precisely because he’s so valuable to their defense, especially as they begin the season with their most difficult game of the season—a showdown with the defending Super Bowl champions. Any hopes of beating the New England Patriots will hinge upon the Chiefs defense shutting down Tom Brady and company in a strong defensive performance, much of which begins and ends with Berry’s presence from sideline to sideline.

Berry has only played against the Patriots in one game in his career, a season-ending loss in the 2015 playoffs in which he registered 7 total tackles.