Eric Berry injury update: Chiefs safety (heel) will play in AFC championship, report says

Eric Berry injury update: Chiefs safety (heel) unlikely to play vs. Colts, report says

The Chiefs will see the return of safety Eric Berry as they look to punch their ticket to Super Bowl 53.

Berry, who sat out last weekend, has been working his way back from a heel injury. According to a report from, he fully participated in all three of Kansas City’s practices this week. Berry was also removed from the team’s official injury report and is expected to play Sunday.

The five-time Pro Bowl player said he “felt good” after joining the team this week, and the Chiefs are excited to have him back.

“It’s always great to have Eric Berry back,” defensive lineman Chris Jones, via ESPN.

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton added: “I think he’s our most physical football player. So when you have those qualities you have playmaking ability [and] you have a chance to affect the game.”

Berry missed the entire preseason and the first 13 games of the regular season with a sore heel. He returned for two games before sitting out the divisional round matchup against the Colts.

“I wanted to go in that game,” Berry said. “Just a lot of complications that I can’t really explain. … I want to get on the field on Sunday.'”

The veteran defensive back has dealt with a couple of injuries the last two seasons. He only played in one game last year: a season-opening win against the Patriots. He suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in the game. In the team’s winning efforts, Berry helped defend New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was held to two receptions on six targets.