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Good news on Jamaal Charles, De'Anthony Thomas; Not so good news on Eric Berry

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The Chiefs initial injury report heading into Monday Night Football against the Patriots.

Peter Aiken

The good news is that Jamaal Charles (ankle) and De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) practiced on Thursday after missing last week's game against the Miami Dolphins with injuries. DAT has actually missed all three games this season so clearly folks are excited to hopefully and finally see him on the field. If they're both participating in the first practice of the week, it's a good sign that they have a strong shot of playing on Monday Night Football against the New England Patriots. (Then again, it was this time last week I was saying the same thing about DAT, who ended up not playing.)

The bad news is Eric Berry, who appears to have a high ankle sprain.

"Eric's ankle is a little different deal," Reid said Thursday (press conference video). "It's right where the high ankle component comes in along with the regular ankle sprain. It looks like its leaning more towards a high ankle sprain, which you just don't know until you get into it. He's trying like crazy to get himself back. He's not going to be abble to practice today then we'll just see how it goes. But it's not because of a lack of effort on his part."

Most high ankle sprains are multiple weeks. Berry injured it against the Broncos in Week 2 and missed the Chiefs Week 3 game in Miami so his second week would be this Sunday. Charles was said to have had a high ankle sprain in Week 2 but started practicing heading into Week 3, so everyone is different.

It sure sounds like the Chiefs are preparing to be without Berry in Week 4. The Chiefs could use Ron Parker at safety again and Kurt Coleman is also a candidate to continue seeing more time with Berry out.

Chiefs Thursday injury report

Did not practice: Eric Berry (ankle)

Limited practice: Joe McKnight (Achilles), Sean Smith (groin), Jamaal Charles (ankle), Tamba Hali (ankle / knee), De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring)