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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.

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44 Responses to “Eric Berry wonders if bounty led to his injury”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    For a defensive player? Really, Berry?
    Quit feeling sorry for yourself.

  2. dstep24 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:30 PM

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

  3. vontazemebro says: Mar 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that the NFL does not need. Police your own.

  4. 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.

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    I’m sure Chan Gailey threw a sack full of nickels on the table and demanded blood.

  6. mrizzo44 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    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.

  7. majbobby says: Mar 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    Stop crying about this already. It was a legal block.

  8. realnflmaster says: Mar 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    Come to the JETS. We’ll trade 4th round pick.

  9. uniquelyunbiased says: Mar 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    Don’t flatter yourself Eric.

  10. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:37 PM

    yes Eric, The BILL’S OFFENSE put a bounty on a 2nd year safety who plays in Kansas City this first game of the season. *SMH*

  11. waitingguilty says: Mar 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    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?

  12. beavertonsteve says: Mar 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    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.

  13. cjpck44 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    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?

  14. buffalodave10 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    Really Berry? Let it go…

  15. ibreathefootball says: Mar 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    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!

  16. jjackwagon says: Mar 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    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!

  17. paleandpasty says: Mar 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    Yes Eric, the world revolves around you.

  18. gmsalpha says: Mar 5, 2012 3:46 PM

    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.

  19. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 5, 2012 3:48 PM

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

  20. rolltide510 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    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.

  21. dmlonghorn says: Mar 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    “Who cares?” Apparently Eric Berry does.

  22. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    Here come the lawsuits.

  23. dstep24 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    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.

  24. lilevil74 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    on to better news, the Chiefs tagged Bowe!

  25. granadafan says: Mar 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    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.

  26. vidae1 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:53 PM

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

  27. kilo0986 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:54 PM

    Nah berry, they try and take out people who make a difference

  28. nynjtnbc says: Mar 5, 2012 3:56 PM

    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.

  29. sheckyrimshot says: Mar 5, 2012 3:59 PM

    andy reid wonders what he’ll have for lunch

  30. kingbeason52 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:03 PM

    Now defensive guys think offensive guys are targeting them? This is spinning wayyyyyy out of control..

  31. mdc21787 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    cant wait to see eric berry back out on the field man. that kid is a natural

  32. EJ says: Mar 5, 2012 4:05 PM

    C’mon, an Offensive player taking out a defensive player… On purpose? BS.

  33. clayton43 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:08 PM

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

  34. realpro14 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:09 PM

    Eric Berry….Pro Bowler!

  35. tinkerthinker26 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:12 PM

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

  36. jpmelon says: Mar 5, 2012 4:17 PM

    what a clown… players know when to say nothing. Eric, you don’t match the criteria…

  37. johntonioholmes says: Mar 5, 2012 4:20 PM


    I agree. I think Early Thomas is really good, too. But I would take Berry first every time.

  38. rushmatic says: Mar 5, 2012 4:25 PM

    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.

  39. ham1 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:40 PM

    For crying out loud….why not just lawyer up?
    This is getting old really quick.

  40. billsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:44 PM

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

  41. musicman495 says: Mar 5, 2012 4:47 PM

    I understand Gale Sayers is researching whether Gregg Williams and the Saints are responsible for his 1970 knee injury.

  42. catquick says: Mar 6, 2012 12:13 AM

    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.

  43. crabboil says: Mar 6, 2012 9:19 AM

    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.

  44. tybme says: Mar 6, 2012 10:42 AM

    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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