Chiefs vs. Packers: Eric Berry, Dan Sorensen on final injury report

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6: Cornerback Adoree' Jackson /

The final injury report of the preseason is out and the Kansas City Chiefs will be without a few defensive backs as they suit up against the Green Bay Packers.

When you take a closer look at the Kansas City Chiefs’ final injury report of the preseason, it’s clear the team is getting healthier at the right time with still several days to go before they face the Los Angeles Chargers to open the season.

This particular injury report is supposed to be focused on the Green Bay Packers, but despite the relative good health of most starters on offense and defense, most are expected to sit anyway due to resting up and staying healthy for the regular season. Instead this Packers game is a proper tune-up for some players and a talent showcase for others as they make their final case to make the Chiefs active roster.

Three players are listed on the Chiefs final injury report but only two of them will make the final cut. Safeties Eric Berry and Daniel Sorensen are both missing the game on Thursday against the Packers at Arrowhead Stadium but both were also expected to be out for the entire preseason (and likely at least a bit longer for Sorensen as he returns from a broken tibia among other leg injuries).

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The Chiefs have been careful with Berry this entire preseason as he has dealt with a sore heel. Early in camp he got some reps in after returning from last year’s Achilles injury but with the sore heel, there’s no need for the team to even mess with another potential injury to a player they need to return to form.

As for the third man on the list, cornerback Step Durham is out with a hip injury, which is very unfortunate because the former Georgia Tech star needs as many reps as he can get to stand out in this crowd. The Chiefs are thin at cornerback but other undrafted free agents have stood out a bit more in terms of highlights than Durham, including D’Montre Wade and Arrion Springs.

Some good news can also be found on who is not on the injury report, namely Steven Nelson or Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Both players have been dealing with the league’s concussion protocol, slowly working their way back from head injuries suffered earlier in the preseason. LDT started some light practice in recent days but now it looks like both players should have no problem staying healthy for the season opener.