Eric Berry could be a bust for the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
According to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, the Chiefs have adjusted their defensive packages with the expectation that the veteran safety won’t be playing Saturday against the Colts.
The report noted that while Berry hasn’t been ruled out yet, the team is “working with contingency plans” should he be unable to take the field because of the heel injury that has kept him sidelined for much of this season.
The news comes after Chiefs coach Andy Reid clarified Berry’s injury situation as “day by day, same thing it’s been throughout the year.”
Berry missed the first 13 games of the season with a sore heel that first flared up during training camp. He practiced regularly for a month, made his return against the Chargers in Week 15 and then faced the Seahawks in Week 16. However, Berry aggravated the heel and missed the regular-season finale against the Raiders.
Before returning in Week 15, he hadn’t played since Week 1 of 2017 following a season-ending Achilles injury.
Berry sat out Wednesday’s workout just one day after he returned to practice on a limited basis, so his availability for this weekend will likely depend on his status for Thursday’s workout.
The Chiefs are slated to host the Andrew Luck-led Colts at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday.