Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kansas City Chiefs placed Eric Berry
on the non-football illness list Monday after a mass was discovered on the
right side of his chest, leading to fears the safety might have lymphoma.
Berry began feeling discomfort in his chest near the end of Thursday’s game in
Oakland, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said Monday
Burkholder said an MRI taken Friday revealed the mass in Berry’s chest and the
“leading consideration” is that the safety has lymphoma. Berry will be further
evaluated at Emory University in Atlanta.
Berry issued a statement through the team thanking his family, friends,
coaches, teammates and Chiefs nation for support.
“At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want
to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new
opponent,” he said.
“I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in
place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have
great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down
here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at
“I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and
playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!”
Berry made the Pro Bowl three times in his first four NFL seasons. He has
appeared in six games this season.