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Eric Berry will miss Chiefs’ preseason game against Bears Saturday

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Berry hasn’t played all preseason and has not practiced in nearly two weeks.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Chicago Bears in their third preseason game on Saturday at Noon Arrowhead Time.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled out the following players for the game Thursday after practice:

  • DL Allen Bailey (knee)
  • S Eric Berry (heel)
  • OL Laurent Durvernay-Tardif (concussion)
  • CB Steve Nelson (concussion)
  • S Daniel Sorensen (knee)

The news of Berry’s absence is not good for the Chiefs, as he has yet to play this preseason. Berry has not practiced since Saturday, August 11.

On the bright side, Reid’s report could mean the preseason debut of running back Spencer Ware.

“I’m just going to see how he does during the warmups,” Reid said of Ware. “Right now, he’s scheduled to play. We’ll see how he feels after that (warmup).”

Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas, as well as inside linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland, could also make their debuts.

“Everybody, you’d like to be out there,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton explained Wednesday. “I think everybody’s at different stages. Eric Berry’s been in this system for six years. He knows the system. That isn’t going to be hard. Reggie’s been here a little bit, but not nearly as long as Eric and Hitch just got here, so it’s all beneficial to be out there playing. I don’t think anybody would contest that point at all.

“We’d love to have them there, but like I said, there’s nothing you could do about that and you can’t really worry about it. The next guy’s got to go in there and go.

“These guys are going to get back, and then we’ll just see what it takes them to develop as a cohesive unit.”