Berry’s Out – For How Long?

From Arrowhead Stadium

The injury bug continues to bite the Chiefs and it got SS Eric Berry on Sunday against the Bills.

Berry left the game with 9 minutes, 54 seconds to play in the first quarter with a left knee injury.

No question his departure hurt the Chiefs defense. He was replaced in the base defense by veteran Jon McGraw. When the Chiefs used their sub-defense, which they did most of the game, Berry’s spot was played by Sabby Piscitelli.

“Any time you lose somebody that is a big part of your team and plays a lot of plays, that’s going to be something that affects you,” said Todd Haley, providing no further information on what the prognosis is for Berry’s recovery. “How much it affects you is up to us to have guys ready to fill in.

“Injuries are part of the game. If you lose somebody, you have to have somebody ready to step in and fill the void. Today, obviously that didn’t occur.”

The injury came when on a running play by RB Fred Jackson. Buffalo WR Stevie Johnson came downfield about 15 yards away from the point of attack and blocked Berry at the knees in a borderline cheap shot. Berry sat on the field for awhile and then walked off on his own power. He missed the next two plays, but was back on the field for the TD pass from Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to TE Scott Chandler. In fact, Berry had coverage on Chandler at the goal line.

When Buffalo got the ball back, Berry came out for first down, but was on the ground again after the run by C.J. Spiller. His leg appeared to give out on him as he stopped to cut and tried to get involved in the tackle on Spiller. This time he limped off under his own power but went to the locker room and did not return to the field.

“Guys have to step up; injuries happen in football,” said FS Kendrick Lewis. “The next guy comes in and has to step up. We can’t miss a beat.”

In this case, the Chiefs missed a beat without Eric Berry. The question now is how long will they be without him.

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