KC Chiefs safety Eric Berry will miss second straight exhibition game

08/14/2014 3:59 PM

08/14/2014 4:00 PM

It looks like the Chiefs’ young safeties will get another opportunity to make an extended impression on Sunday.

Coach Andy Reid announced Thursday that star safety Eric Berry, who has missed most of practice this week with tendonitis in his heel, won’t play in the Chiefs’ second exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers.

“We are going to let it calm down,” Reid said. “He’s been battling this thing, so we will let it get settled down before we bring him back.”

Reid, however, said he anticipates Berry — who also missed the exhibition opener against the Bengals on Aug. 7 — being available at the start of the regular season.

“I’m not (worried),” Reid said. “It will calm down. He wants to be out there every day. ... We put him out (Tuesday), and it came back. So now we are going to get it where it needs to be, and then we go there.

“I give credit to some of these guys that have pushed through some of the injuries, but that one there you just have to back off.”

Undrafted rookie Daniel Sorensen filled in for Berry with the first team during the Chiefs’ win over the Bengals. Safety Malcolm Bronson, who spent last year on the practice squad, also had a strong showing, recording an interception he returned for a touchdown while playing with the reserves.

Reid also said defensive end Mike DeVito (fractured hand) and linebacker Josh Mauga (groin strain) won’t play, while defensive lineman Kona Schwenke (shoulder sprain) and cornerback Damond Smith (abductor strain) are doubtful.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor.

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