Eric Berry's season is over for the Kansas City Chiefs but the reason is for something far more serious than football. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said the "leading diagnosis" right now is that Eric Berry has lymphoma. This is not a definitive diagnosis as tests will continue on Berry. The Chiefs safety has been placed on the non-football injury list.
Here's a summary of what Burkholder had to say to reporters on Monday:
At the end of the Raiders game Berry came to the trainers and said he had some chest discomfort. The Chiefs staff examined him and then came back to Kansas City after the game. On the Friday after the game, he still had discomfort in his chest. The Chiefs did x-rays and then on Friday afternoon they did an MRI. The results showed that he had a mass on the right side of his chest. On Saturday they did more tests at KU Med. The results aren't definitive yet but the results indicate that he has lymphoma. Berry is going to Atlanta to the Emory University hospital and see a specialist in lymphoma to continue to evaluate Berry. Those tests will continue tomorrow and through the next few days.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, "He had an opportunity to address the team and feel their love and support, which I think is crucial in this." Reid said that Berry was upbeat and positive when he talked to him on Monday.
Berry released a statement which reads:
"I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. 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. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God's hands and I have great peace in that.
"I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!"
Obviously we wish the best of luck to Eric Berry. There's no doubt Berry can fight this though.