KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After over what seemed like endless day-to-day diagnoses from week one to now, Eric Berry makes his return to the Chiefs practice field And it couldn't come soon enough.
"One thing I know is that it's killing him to watch. He loves to play. It tears him up not to be out there," head coach Andy Reid said. "At the same time, we have to do what is smart."
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes adds, "You see, he'll just be in the locker room sometimes just doing ab workouts. He's itching to get back on the field, so I'm glad to have him out there today and see him roll."
Berry has missed the past 12 weeks of the regular season and a few weeks of training camp with a sore heel, hoping to avoid what happened in week one of the 2017 season. Though he hasn't been practicing, coach Reid assures he was still heavily involved during the season.
"he's getting a jump start on a second career, he's done a nice job of jumping in and coaching," Reid said. "The guys listen to him. He's smart. He's been out there every practice. He's gone to every game."
Sometimes players can feel the urge to get back from injury as soon as they can. Coach Reid says Berry will be smart about it.
"I don't worry about him in any of this. He's been around this a long time. He's come back off injuries," Reid said. He has come back off a life-threatening disease and he's honest."
Mahomes adds he's excited to see Berry return.
"He's going to come in and bring that spirit, that leadership role, just come out there and play his tail off. I'm excited to have him on that defense."
The Chiefs travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders Sunday afternoon at 3:05.