The Chiefs are going out of their way to pay tribute to safety Eric Berry, who is lost for the rest of the season while he battles a mass in his chest that the team fears to be lymphoma, on Sunday.
Before Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos, several players sported with shirts with Berry’s name and number on the back, with the message, “Be bold. Be brave. Be Berry” across the front.
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Also, several defenders — including cornerback Sean Smith, safety Ron Parker, cornerback Phillip Gaines, safety Husain Abdullah, cornerback Marcus Cooper and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson — decided to tape their fingers in Berry’s honor. Berry has long taped his fingers in honor of deceased safety Sean Taylor.
Finally, a handful of players — including linebacker Justin Houston — are wearing the red sock sleeves that Berry has taken to wearing over the past few years.
A team spokesman said the Berry shirts are not available to the public yet, but they will be. Proceeds will go to an undetermined cancer charity.