The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Super Bowl LI winning New England Patriots 42-27 on Thursday in their Week 1 matchup. But, the Chiefs took a major loss when their longtime safety Eric Berry went down in the fourth quarter, and had to be carted off the field. And now the worst news has been confirmed.
On Friday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that Berry ruptured his Achilles tendon in the game and would now miss the rest of the season. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter with less than five minutes left as Berry was covering Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Reid said after the game he was not expecting good news on Berry’s injury.
But now that Berry is out, Reid remains confident in his team. He said, “You’re not going to replace Eric Berry with another Eric Berry. That’s not what happens. But the guys know that Eric would be disappointed if they left off the accelerator at all. I think we’ll be OK there.”
Berry has overcome a lot throughout his eight seasons in the league. He suffered an ACL injury, and even beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When he returned to play, he was successful. Last season he made 77 tackles, picked off four passes and returned two for touchdowns. In the past four seasons, he was named to the All-Pro first team three times. The team seems to be confident in Berry signing him to a six-year, $78 million contract in February, making him the highest-paid safety in the league.
The Chiefs have Daniel Sorensen and Eric Murray as options to play at safety while Berry is out.