The Chiefs are expected to have Eric Berry back for the AFC championship game against the Patriots on Sunday, but he may not be 100 percent healthy.
The 30-year-old safety will have further examinations on his heel and will “likely need surgery to correct the issue” after the season is over, according to NFL Network, which cited unidentified sources.
Berry played in only two regular-season games after his heel flared up during training camp, and he was sidelined for the Chiefs’ victory over the Colts in the divisional round.
He practiced regularly for a month, made his return against the Chargers in Week 15 and then faced the Seahawks in Week 16. But, he aggravated his injury and ended up missing the team’s regular-season finale against the Raiders.
Prior to returning in Week 15, Berry hadn’t played since Week 1 of 2017 following a season-ending Achilles injury. Berry has been rocked by injuries in recent seasons and even battled cancer. He has earned five Pro Bowl and three All-Pro selections in his nine-year career.
The Chiefs host the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium with kickoff set for 6:40 p.m. ET.