Chiefs vs Steelers: Eric Berry doubtful, Ben Niemann out in Week 2
By Jalon Dodson
The secondary woes for the Chiefs will continue heading into Week 2 as Eric Berry has been listed as doubtful ahead of Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
The final injury report for Week 2 has been released. Berry has been a common name on the injury report the past two weeks. He was listed as doubtful last week with a sore heel, and that same injury is likely going to keep him sidelined against the Steelers. It’s confusing how the Chiefs continue to list Berry as doubtful when it seems like he may even not see game action until Week 8. Nothing has been confirmed, but Berry could be out for a little while—in fact, more than likely.
As for the rest of the Chiefs, there were five players aside from Ben Niemann and Berry that were present on the injury report. They have all been cleared for Sunday’s game, which is great news as the Chiefs are going to need everyone they can get if they’re going to take down the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Steelers weren’t so lucky in terms of injuries, however.
There were seven Steelers present on the final injury report. Among them, three were listed as doubtful: guard David DeCastro, cornerback Joe Haden, and defensive end Tyson Alualu. This means that while they haven’t been ruled out, it’s unlikely they’re going to be playing this week. As for the other four, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, tight end Vance McDonald, and cornerback Artie Burns are all questionable.
Roethlisberger would definitely be a huge blow to the Steelers offense, but after being listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice, he’ll certainly play against the Chiefs. Good news for the Steelers, but for the Chiefs, not so much. When coming off of a loss (or tie in last week’s case) Roethlisberger is 39-of-52 with 552 passing yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception over the last two regular season matchups against the Chiefs.
The Steelers and Chiefs kick off at 12:00 p.m. C.T. on Sunday.