KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Coty Chiefs have placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that there has been no definitive diagnosis, but the leading possibility is lymphoma. Burkholder said that Berry had never complained of the pain until last week, and a physical taken over the summer came back clear. Berry was on his way Monday to Atlanta, where he was to be examined by specialists at Emory University.
Berry, 25, released a statement through the team.
“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom,” Berry said. “At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent.
“I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that.
“I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!”
Devastating news coming out of Kansas City today as All-Pro safety Eric Berry has been placed on the IR for the remainder of the season after a “large mass” was found in his chest. Everyone is holding out for the best, but at this point it seems like the worst-case scenario. Berry will visit a lymphoma specialist tomorrow in Atlanta for an official diagnosis and it sounds like they caught this thing at an early stage. Hopefully they have a plan in place and will act swiftly so that Eric can kick Cancer’s ass back to the underworld. Berry is an absolute warrior on the field and by all accounts a terrific man off of it. On the list of Worst Things, Cancer is #1 and “potential greatness lost too soon” is #1a. Instances like this are a reminder that even our superheroes and role models are vulnerable humans. Here’s hoping that Eric recovers quickly and is back doing what he loves ASAP, inspiring millions in the process.
This episode of “This Is Tennessee” provides a glimpse of the type of character Berry is. Gave his Dad his own Smoky Dog puppy as a thank you gift. Dogs and football, two of our favorite things. Seems like exactly the kind of guy everyone can root for. Prayers up, EB, get well soon!