Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is not going to play this week against the San Diego Chargers. Berry left the game in week 2 versus the Denver Broncos with a high ankle sprain. The Chiefs will now being playing their fifth game straight without the impact safety helping their young, inexperienced secondary.
The injury Berry sustained is the same injury running back Jamaal Charles suffered in the same game. Now I understand there are various degrees of the same injury and every one heals differently. However, the lack of Berry attempting to practice and return to the game can leave fans wondering how dedicated he is to playing.
Let’s think about it, you suffer an injury that causes you unable to do your assigned duties at work, but you can show up and hang out doing nothing and get paid for it until you’re well enough to work again. Sadly, most people would milk that injury for all it’s worth so they can get paid for nothing. Am I saying Berry is doing this? No, but it makes you wonder.
When a high paid player disappears for several games it brings up an array of questions. Such as, if Berry had played against San Francisco, could we have won? The team has proved in two games they can win without the veteran safety against Miami and New England. This can lead to questions like, is Berry really an impact player anymore?
Fans know linebacker Justin Houston has been in contract negotiations for months. The man is working hard and making a difference on the field. What does he want? More money. He wants to be paid for the impact he makes on the team like his counterpart Tamba Hali. Seems like a fair demand. So here’s a question: Should the Chiefs release Berry to gain the money needed to sign a new contract with Houston? Each week Berry is absent, the more this question will be asked. And the more thought this question might be given.
As a Chiefs fan, I don’t want to see Berry in any other color but Chiefs red. However, his absence on the field helps me to imagine a team without him. As of today, I’d rather see Houston stick with the team because he is on the field.
In the little bit of time we saw Berry he put up some decent stats. He currently has 15 combined tackles and 1 pass defended in the 2014 season. Let’s take a look back at what the man did in 2013. He started in 15 games and 74 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, and 10 pass defends. Is he an impact player? Yes. Do we need him back yesterday? Definitely.
For now, fans can hope to see Berry back in week 8, but we will face another game without him. Watch the Chiefs take on the Chargers Sunday at 3:05 central standard time.