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De'Anthony Thomas is 'good to go' for Chiefs-49ers; Eric Berry will not play

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Eric Berry will not play for the Chiefs vs. 49ers but De'Anthony Thomas looks good to go.

Jamie Squire

The NFL debut of De'Anthony Thomas appears to be getting closer. KC Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday that DAT is ready to roll for his first NFL game after missing the first month of the season with a hamstring injury.

You'll see his impact felt in the Chiefs punt return game. With his speed, DAT is clearly dangerous as a punt returner. He does have a role on offense but in the early goings here it wouldn't surprise me if that role was limited. Joe McKnight did have six catches a couple of weeks ago, which is a role we thought DAT could be playing at some point. I'm excited and hoping this is finally the week he plays.

Meanwhile, Eric Berry has been ruled out. Considering he didn't practice all week, that's not a surprise. Berry has not played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2. The Chiefs have been replacing him with Ron Parker to some surprising results. Some might say Parker, who has a history playing safety, is a better safety than cornerback. The other safety, Husain Abdullah, moves all around the place, too so the Chiefs have their options in coverage. (Update: Terez makes a good point here -- Parker back to corner and Kurt Coleman at safety. That probably makes more sense.)

As announced earlier this week, Donnie Avery will not be playing in this game either due to a recent surgery. The Chiefs will replace him with AJ Jenkins, among others.

CB Marcus Cooper injured his knee in Thursday's practice. He has been ruled questionable for the game. This is a potentially big injury with rookie Phillip Gaines possibly replacing him if he can not play.