Chiefs Lose Safety Eric Berry to Lymphoma
The Kansas City Chiefs lost their week 12 game against the winless Oakland Raiders. On Monday night, they lost much more than that. Star safety Eric Berry is done for the year after being placed on the NFI list, due to a possible battle with lymphoma.
ESPN‘s Adam Schefter was first to break the news on Twitter, calling it the “surprise of the day”, as Berry will suddenly be sidelined for the year.
Berry had been battling an ankle injury, so when fans learned that he’d miss the remainder of the season, many were shocked. Learning that his season will be cut short due to potential cancer is even more concerning, however.
The soon-to-be 26-year old star safety racked up 37 total tackles in six games for the Chiefs this year, but finishes the 2014 season without a sack or interception.
This is obviously a huge blow for a 7-4 Chiefs team that had aspirations for both a division title and a deep playoff run. With Berry on the shelf, they’ll have to shake up their entire secondary to make up for the loss and may not have the personnel to pull it off. Needless to say, the loss of one of their best defensive players is going to hurt their chances to make the playoffs.
No one has yet officially stated that Berry has lymphoma, but one of Kansas City’s trainers openly speculated that is the case.
“At this point in time, we don’t have a definitive diagnosis,” Kansas City Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. “But the leading consideration for what he has right now is lymphoma.”
Berry had complained of discomfort in his chest following the Thursday Night Football contest against the division rival Oakland Raiders, and eventually underwent testing that revealed a mass in his chest.
Despite the scary situation, Berry has remained strong and confident in the public eye and even released a statement through the Chiefs.
“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom,” Berry said in the statement. “At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent.”
We wish Berry the best of luck in his battle to get healthy again.
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