The Kansas City Chiefs celebration of their dominating 42-27 road victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots came to a screeching halt with the news that safety Eric Berry is done for the year with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
To put this loss into perspective for Denver Broncos fans, it would be like losing Chris Harris Jr. or Aqib Talib back there. Berry’s injury is nothing short of devastating for the Chiefs.
“You’re not gonna replace Eric Berry with another Eric Berry,” head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday. “That’s not what happens. But we’ve obviously got some guys here between (Eric) Murray and (Daniel) Sorensen that we know can play and we feel very comfortable with.”
Whoever it is out there, they won’t be as talented and impactful as Berry would have been. As Arrowhead Pride noted, the last time Berry went down with an injury it hurt the team badly.
Remember when Berry left that 2014 game against the Raiders? It was completely deflating and that was the only year they missed the playoffs. This is big. The Chiefs have some horses back there to compete but they’ll also be looking out on the street for other options.
Though Andy Reid talked Berry’s backups up, he also admitted that they will be looking at any and all options on the table with fifteen more games to play in the 2017 regular season.
“(Brett Veach is) keeping his eyes open for things right now,” Reid said. “That’s what he does. He’s always on top of that. He and (director of player personnel Mike) Borgonzi are seeing the different options there.”
You never want to wish for or take advantage of a player getting injured, but its obvious this news will make the AFC West a little more of a dogfight for Kansas City. In a game of inches, this is one injury that could sting the Chiefs all season long. Then again, if Alex Smith and that offense plays consistently like it did on Thursday night it might not sting as much.