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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Safety Eric Berry: Considered one of the top players in this year's draft, Berry also fit a position of need for the Chiefs. He should start immediately and make a difference on the back end of the KC defense.
A closer look at the Chiefs' picks: Round 1/5 -- Eric Berry, S, 6-0, 211, Tennessee, Physically gifted and mature player who can step into any position in the secondary; his '09 season with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin advanced his understanding of defensive schemes. - by The Sports Xchange
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11/26/14 - S Eric Berry is undergoing a final series of tests to determine the characteristics of the tumor discovered in the right side of his chest that has been given the preliminary diagnosis of lymphoma. Berry traveled on Monday to Atlanta, where further testing and then treatment will be handled at Emory University Hospital. On Wednesday the Chiefs had no update on his condition.
11/25/14 - S Eric Berry was lost for the rest of the season due to a mass discovered in the right side of his chest over the weekend.
Preliminary diagnosis is lymphoma.
"We don't have a definitive diagnosis, but the leading consideration (for) what he has right now is lymphoma," Chiefs head trainer Rick Burkholder said Monday. "The next step in the process is to finish some testing. He's about 75 percent done with the testing."
Because of the initial diagnosis, the Chiefs have placed Berry on the reserve/non-football illness list, and he's done for the remainder of the 2014 season and playoffs.
None of that mattered to head coach Andy Reid.
"This is about Eric; you put the Oakland Raiders to the side and you put Denver aside for this period here," Reid said. "Football isn't as important as him getting himself better at this present moment. And that's the way the players approached it today and we will move on because that's how life goes. But we will move on with his spirit in hand."
Berry complained of discomfort in his chest during Thursday night's game in Oakland. He was examined by team doctors during and after the game, but continued to play. When he was still reporting pain on Friday, the Chiefs took x-rays that came back negative according to Burkholder. Doctors decided to expand the testing and that's when the mass was discovered on the right side of his chest.
"We got an MRI Friday afternoon and discovered he had a mass," said Burkholder. "On Saturday, further testing was done with CT scans, blood work and a PET scan. His family and our Chiefs family have decided to get him to Atlanta to the Emory University Hospital and see Dr. Christopher Flowers, a specialist in lymphoma. That evaluation will continue tomorrow through the next couple of days."
Berry met with his teammates Monday morning and then headed to Atlanta where testing will continue immediately. He issued a statement through the team that read in part: "At first I was in shoc
10/27/14 - SS Eric Berry will continue to work on rehabbing his high ankle sprain and may have a good chance of being active for this Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Berry has missed the last five games due to the injury he suffered on Sept. 14.
10/23/14 - SS Eric Berry practiced again on a limited basis Thursday, trying to come back from his sprained ankle. It was the first time since suffering the injury on September 14 that Berry put back-to-back practice days together. That's progress for Berry, but he does not appear ready to play this week against St. Louis.
10/22/14 - SS Eric Berry practiced on a limited basis during Thursday, trying to come back from a sprained ankle. Head coach Andy Reid said they would work Berry into some of the scout team work, an indication that even if he practices, Berry does not appear ready to play this week.