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Eric Berry held out of practice again Thursday

The Chiefs’ starting safety now has missed workouts 26 days in a row.

Another day, another missed practice.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was held out once again on Thursday due to his lingering sore heel, marking 26 days since he last saw a practice or game field. With three days until the Chiefs’ first game, it is beginning to feel like Berry will be at best listed as “questionable.”

Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder told the media Berry “is literally day to day” on Wednesday.

Asked if he had starters in mind if Berry can’t go on Thursday, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton had nothing to report.

“No,” Sutton said. “We have—as you guys know—we have some different packages that (for example) this group might trot out and say, ‘Hey, he’s the starter.’”

Sutton continued.

“We don’t have it set totally—obviously, we practiced a lot of guys over the course of camp due to the injuries to Dan (Sorensen) and Eric (Berry), so hopefully that will pay off for us.”

The Chiefs brought Ron Parker back into the fold over the weekend, and I would guess he plays a primary role on Sunday. Parker would prefer if Berry was the individual playing next to him.

“When I’m playing with Eric, I can just look over there,” Parker said. “I don’t have to say nothing. We can just make eye contact and we just know what each other’s doing. With other guys, we have to communicate more because we haven’t spent as much time as me and Eric did just being out on the field together.”

Those other guys who could play next to Parker instead if Berry is absent are Eric Murray, rookie Armani Watts or newcomer Jordan Lucas.


If Berry misses the game Sunday, who would you prefer next to Ron Parker?

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    Eric Murray
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  • 66%
    Armani Watts
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    Jordan Lucas
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