Eric Berry wonders if bounty led to his injury

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With the revelations about the bounty program in New Orleans and several NFL players saying that such things happen all around the NFL, there will likely be a second look taken at some injuries in the recent past.

That’s what Chiefs safety Eric Berry is doing with the torn ACL he suffered in the 2011 season opener against the Bills. Berry was blocked low by Stevie Johnson and missed the rest of the season. Berry took to Twitter, brought to our attention by Arrowhead Addict, with some thoughts about the injury on Monday.

“Sometimes I sit n wonder if they had a bounty out on me…oh well…who cares. Either way u can’t hold me down.”

There’s no reason to believe any kind of bounty was in effect during that game. In an interesting bit of timing, Johnson was on Jim Rome’s radio show on Monday and the subject of bounties came up. Johnson called them “stupid” and said that no one needs “to be doing that for a W.” In another interview with TSN Radio, Johnson said pretty much the same thing and he was adamant after the game that there was nothing intentional beyond trying to block Berry.

Injuries have always been part of the NFL, but there’s a good chance they’re going to be looked at a bit differently in light of the news about the Saints.

44 responses to “Eric Berry wonders if bounty led to his injury

  1. Face it. Earl is the better safety. Use all the excuses you want, but you were picked way too high.

  2. Bounty aside, that was a hit that had intent to injure. The hit happened far away from the play and Johnson had no good reason block Berry’s knee with his head which is why Berry couldn’t jump out of the way, he was barely expecting it that far away from the plan. It was a legal hit and I doubt a lucrative one but it was certainly a hit intended to injure. It worked.

  3. Anybody who has watched a Bills game knows that they can barely make a tackle, let alone intentionally injure somebody.

    But that being said, Eric knows that he plays on DEFENSE, right? Does he really think that Buffalo’s OFFENSIVE coordinator placed a bounty on him? lol.

  4. Come on Eric…not only were you not playing NO, you are a defensive player taken out by a wr!

    Are we going to have to watch every guy who’s been hurt go down this road?

  5. What happened to good delivering good old career threatening hits just because you want to? Now everyone has to have some cash to do it. Back in the old days Warren Sapp would potentially ruin a guy’s life just for the fun of it he didn’t need no stupid bounty for it.

  6. Priest Holmes played his last game for the Chiefs after being injured on a hit by Shawn Merriman. Shawn Merriman was later suspended for “performance enhancing drugs”. Maybe Merriman applies just a little bit less force to Priest’s neck if he wasn’t on those drugs.

    I think more players get hurt by illegal performing enhancing drugs than speculation on whether “bounties” did it with no proof.

    There’s more proof on Merriman’s suspension for drug use and his hit being the last one Holmes ever took than any bounty, so how come people aren’t talking about players taking drugs and hurting other players, instead of whether or not a “bounty” caused their injury?

  7. Eric, go watch your injury again. I didn’t see anybody even touch you. You are an excellent player but that’s like saying somebody had a bounty on the Wes Welker ACL+MCL tear, no one hit him!

  8. Seriously? Sounds more like Eric Berry is looking for a headline, since he has been out for a year. And you gave it to him Josh. Good job!

  9. There’s no way an offensive skill position player would have anything to do with a bounty.

    They may be targets, but I’ll bet your life that Stevie Johnson wasn’t thinking about anything other than making a play.

  10. At the time I was astounded and mystified, but now I am pleased that Snyder did not hire that psychopath for head coach.

  11. Thinking that every big hit was the result of a bounty is almost as stupid as thinking Earl Thomas can carry Eric Berry’s jockstrap.

  12. atrophiedambitions says:
    Mar 5, 2012 3:31 PM
    Bounty aside, that was a hit that had intent to injure. The hit happened far away from the play and Johnson had no good reason block Berry’s knee with his head which is why Berry couldn’t jump out of the way, he was barely expecting it that far away from the plan. It was a legal hit and I doubt a lucrative one but it was certainly a hit intended to injure. It worked.
    ____________________

    Violins, please.

  13. We already saw some of the lawsuits starting with the concussions. Goodell was warned by the lawyers that if he didn’t come down hard on the headhunting that lawsuits would come by current players, and they were right about predicting lawsuits by former players. Goodell won’t change anything unless there’s a threat of lawsuits. I read somewhere that players injured by previous Gregg Williams’ defenses are already contacting lawyers. If Goodell doesn’t end the bounties and penalize Williams and the Saints big time then he’s looking at even more lawsuits.

  14. Someone just said Earl Thomas is a better safety than Eric Berry. This is why I come to PFT.. for the laughs.

  15. What a joke. Not only was it a perfectly legal cut block (wait, what!? Injuries can happen on legal plays?? Surely not…), but Stevie went out of his way to express regret afterwards. Yeah, sounds like someone who had just scored a bounty.

  16. yes. for every player that gets hurt… there will be players and fans crying it was because of a
    ” bounty” being placed on them

  17. If you dont care then why are you tweeting about it? Feel the need to have your name mentioned?

  18. You’re on defense, man! It’s not like the offense gets together and decides who they’re going to target next.

    Sounds like sour grapes.

  19. if im not mistaken , wasnt the actual injury from a previous play that he trie to play on?

  20. Berry, you got injured UNENGAGED!!!! Johnson had nothing to do with it. Your knee gave out. It happens all the time, every week in the NFL. Quit blaming an innocent player.

  21. So how much money did Brett Favre get for the crack back block on Eugene Phillips during preseason?? And Jared Allen surely was going for the bounty when he hit Matt Schaub in the knees… Twice… In one game.

    Apparently every hit can be traced back to a bounty.

  22. The guy wondered out loud if anyone got paid for taking him out of the game. I bet plenty of players wonder that. He then said “oh well” – He knows it doesn’t matter in the end.

    As for you fools who say that no one touched him etc. – you’re lack of NFL knowledge is showing – better pull up your skirts.

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