Eric Berry's Season-Ending Injury Is A Crushing Blow

KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 05: Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos tries to leap over Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs as he carries the ball during the game on December 5 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The loss of Eric Berry for the entire 2011 Kansas City Chiefs is an incredible blow to the team. I don't think I'm overreacting here. This is a major, major loss for the Chiefs. 

Todd Haley and the Chiefs are going to give us the "Next man up" speech and, while that's true, it doesn't fully recognize how important Berry was to the Chiefs.

Earlier this summer, the KC Star reported on a few playing time stats for the Chiefs and the headline was this one: Out of the Chiefs 1,065 defensive snaps last year, Berry was on the field for every one.

Every. Single. One.

It's not just because of what Berry means to the team, which is a lot, it's about who's behind him. The Chiefs depth at safety was talked about throughout training camp and the preseason and....well, look for yourself:

SSEric Berry, Jon McGrawDonald Washington

FSKendrick Lewis, Sabby Piscitelli

They're going to have some trouble replacing him. OK, a lot of trouble.

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