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REPORT: Chiefs “confident” Eric Berry will play this season

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CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Chiefs do still expect the safety to play this year

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Eric Berry listed as “doubtful” for the sixth week in a row Sunday night has made me especially doubtful he plays at all this year. The same could be said for about 55 percent of you.

But we shouldn’t be, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, who released this report Sunday morning:

LA CANFORA: The Chiefs continue to exude extreme caution with All-Pro safety Eric Berry in his return from Achilles and heel injuries, but sources said they remain extremely confident that he will play this season.

It has been a strange set of circumstances when it comes to the ninth-year safety, as the Chiefs continue to maintain he’s day-to-day, though he has not officially practiced or played since August 11 because of a “sore heel.” It was later revealed, via NFL Network reports, that Berry’s heel is sore due to something called a Haglund’s deformity, an ailment that is extremely painful.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reiterated Berry’s “day-to-day” status when asked about Berry Wednesday of this week.

“I would tell you he is getting better,” Reid said. “I feel like we are getting closer. Again, I want to make sure he is right. We are not going to put him out there if he can’t be that way. He is doing a great job. He is relentless with this thing as you can imagine. I am telling you it is day-to-day, it is day-to-day.”

A reporter followed up by asking if Berry has had any setbacks.

“I don’t have an answer for you on that. It depends on the workload I would imagine. If we are talking about being sore or not sore. But he is progressively gotten better.”