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Eric Berry expected to begin practicing after the bye week, per report

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Berry has not practiced for the Chiefs since August 11 at training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is officially listed as doubtful for Monday night and will in all likelihood miss his 100th day of team activities, having not practiced since August 11 due to a sore heel.

But Berry’s absence from workouts could change very soon, according to a report Sunday morning from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

LA CANFORA: Berry continued to make strides from a long-term heel injury, and could be back as soon as after Kansas City’s Week 12 bye, sources said.

Berry will not play in Monday’s clash with the Rams – one of the most anticipated games of the season – and has yet to practice, but the team made a point to take every precaution with the playmaker and has been eyeing the weeks following the bye to implement him back into the lineup. It’s expected Berry would begin practicing after the bye, with a return in Week 13 or 14 likely at this point.

This is obviously good news, though it’s hard to know what is true and what isn’t since reports just like this have come through before.

That being said, after Monday, the Chiefs have just five games left in the season. It is unlikely he would still hold a roster spot if there was absolutely no intention to bring him back into the mix.

The bigger picture here is that the Chiefs offense is Super Bowl caliber. I don’t think anyone would deny that. With the defensive playing well as of late due to the health improving of both Justin Houston and Daniel Sorensen, Berry could be the final piece to the franchise’s first title since 1969.

Here is the remaining schedule after the bye week: Week 13 at Oakland, Week 14 vs. Baltimore, Week 15 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Week 16 as Seattle, Week 17 vs. Oakland