Report: Eric Berry likely to have heel surgery

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Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the team’s win over the Colts due to the heel injury that limited him to two games in the regular season.

Berry had six tackles and was in coverage on a couple of key catches by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Kansas City’s 37-31 overtime loss. That ends a frustrating season for Berry and sends him toward an offseason that will likely focus on making sure he’s healthier for the 2019 season.

Part of that process may include surgery. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported before Sunday’s game that Berry will see doctors for further evaluation that is likely to result in surgery. Per the report, Berry has a condition called Haglund’s deformity that involves a bone spur digging into his Achilles tendon. Berry tore the tendon in the first game of the 2017 season.

Berry is under contract for four more years and there would be nearly $15 million in dead money if the Chiefs decided to part ways with the veteran as a pre-June 1 cut before next season.

12 responses to “Report: Eric Berry likely to have heel surgery

  1. Leave gimpy Berry one on one with Gronk, another brilliant coaching decision by Chiefs.

  2. Chiefs wasted a roster spot and his recovery time by not doing this surgery in August. Berry did nothing to help the Chiefs this year and was a liability on the field against the Pats.

    Chiefs were 0-3 with Berry in the lineup this year.

    With the hit of 15 million KC has to keep him but if he’s not 100% by August KC needs to find a new medical staff, along with a new defensive coordinator.

    Brady is the Goat, but even if you have the MVP QB you can’t win it all with a 31st ranked defense. Especially when that defense, not a coin toss, determines if your MVP QB gets to see the field in overtime of the AFC Chapionship game.

  3. Eric Berry has played in a total of 3 games the past two seasons. If you are hoping for Eric Berry of 2016, watch video. He’s not going to be that player again at 31 and the injury history. Justin Houston isn’t the same either. Sorenson was their best defender. They should rebuild around him.

  4. I am a marathoner. Had the same bone spur growing into my Achilles. They no longer detach the Achilles. They lifted it, removed the spur, smoothed the bone. 6 months later I was back to marathoning. No recurring problems.

    Eric needs to get it fixed. Otherwise, it could cause a rupture of the Achilles and then the recovery is really loooong.

  5. What we need is a new DC who will look at some of these veterans for what they are NOW, not the players they once were. Sutton obviously won’t do that.

  6. In my judgement, it is time for the Chiefs brass and Chiefs fans to cut the umbilical cord with this guy. The Chiefs were better off without him, than they were with him in 2018.

  7. Will the surgeon testify that it’s really been his Achilles all along? Why the denial all season?

  8. I want to know why, at this time last year, when he and everyone knew he had this same issue – the team didn’t put it to him – “Get the surgery ASAP.”

    Should’ve been done then, if not sooner. He’s been gimping on that bone spur for more than just the last year.

  9. This dude was awe foul all now got. He got away with mugging Gronk all night and no flags. What a joke. Not worth his huge contract!!

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