Eric Berry injury update: Chiefs hope for safety’s return in next 2 weeks

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry /

The Kansas City Chiefs hope to have their star safety back on the field within the next two weeks after Eric Berry opened the year with two missed games.

After missing the first two weeks of the regular season, Eric Berry was finally given a public timeline via a sideline report from the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Andy Reid told CBS reporter Evan Washburn that they hope to have Berry back on the field “in the next two weeks.”

The Chiefs have been without Berry since Week 1 of the 2017 regular season when Berry went down on the field at Gillette Stadium late in the team’s season-opening win over the New England Patriots. Berry tore his Achilles on a non-contact play and has been rehabbing the injury ever since. He was able to return to participate in some training camp practices and personal drills with the team but a sore heel has also plagued him and kept him from any preseason games or regular season appearances.

Berry is, of course, the best overall defender on the Chiefs, an All-Pro option in the secondary that lacks top-tier talent. The problem for Berry is staying healthy and coming off of another season-ending injury, his third, it will be interesting to see whether or not he can return to form the way he was able to in the past.

In his absence, the Chiefs have retained Ron Parker and returned him to his starting role. Eric Murray is also getting starter’s reps given the absence of Dan Sorensen as well, who broke his tibia in the preseason. He’s expected back at midseason which means the Chiefs are simply trying to get by at safety until better players can return.