We all freaked out a couple of weeks ago when Eric Berry left the Kansas City Chiefs practice field with a heel injury. We are in possible freak-out mode with another Berry injury but this one doesn't see so bad, according to those on the scene.
Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry left the practice field. Rode up the hill in pads. Don't think he's hurt. Will update as we know more.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) August 12, 2014
But later ...
Eric Berry is walking back down to the field w no pads but is walking fine #chiefs— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) August 12, 2014
The final diagnosis: Tendinitis in the heel.
"Eric Berry, his heel again was bothering him," Andy Reid said Tuesday, via quotes from the Chiefs. "He put on some ice back there. He works a few days and then if it bothers him a little bit we back off."
Berry did not play in the Chiefs first preseason game despite returning to practice earlier that week. If this is a re-injury of the original heel injury, it makes you wonder if the Chiefs should just sit him for a while. There's not as much of an urgency for a fifth-year Pro Bowler to play in the preseason. Or maybe this isn't a big deal. I'm no doctor so I'll stop pretending to be one. See some quotes from Andy Reid here. We'll see how the Chiefs handle this.