Eric Berry is a fighter. He missed most of the 2011 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee and then came back. Then he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014 but came back to field after beating cancer. Now Berry is forced to sit out this season due to a ruptured Achilles.
The Kansas City Chiefs should be relishing in glory after defeating the New England Patriots in the opening game of the season but losing their safety has put a damper on their defensive roster and their mood.
Berry got hurt while covering Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter. An almost impossible task, he got the job done but ended up paying the price and needed to be carted off the field after the play.
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— Riley Auman (@junioraumanac) September 8, 2017
Chiefs coach Andy Reid suspected after the game that it was an Achilles injury, and he said Friday that an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
“You’re not going to replace Eric Berry with another Eric Berry. That’s not what happens,” said Reid. “But the guys know that Eric would be disappointed if they left off the accelerator at all. I think we’ll be OK there.”
It’s hard to watch one of your most respected players, on and off the field, go down on the first game. The Chiefs own tight end Travis Kelce mirrored those sentiments, as I’m sure most of his team mates would.
“I’m on a bit of a low right now,” Kelce said. “I love him to death. He’s our fearless leader, and to see him go down in the first game breaks your heart.”
Impossible not to feel for Eric Berry. True champion on field and off. Excited to see him back in 2018. Tough break for him and the Chiefs
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 8, 2017
It’s unfortunate for the Chiefs that their victory has become overshadowed with heartbreak, for the fans and the players. Hopefully, they can pull themselves together and produce another W at their home opener against Philly on September 17th.