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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writers Randy Covitz and Terez Paylor

Chiefs’ Berry, Panthers’ Newton faced off as high schoolers

11/29/2012 3:32 PM

05/16/2014 8:25 PM

While playing high school football in the Atlanta area, Eric Berry had enough confidence to believe he would eventually play in the NFL.

He also thought that about a quarterback he opposed — Cam Newton.

“Just being from where we’re from and seeing where we are now is always cool,” Berry said.

Berry, now a safety for the Chiefs, and Newton, the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, renew their rivalry Sunday when their teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium.

“There’s nothing new (with Newton),” Berry said. “He just keeps building on top of his game. I actually like to see the way he is now just because (Berry played against him in high school). It’s always going to be friendly competition.

“He always had a cannon for an arm. He’s really accurate. It’s always good to go against the best. I feel he’s one of the elite guys in the league.”

Practice squad addition

The Chiefs signed linebacker Quan Sturdivant to their practice squad. Coach Romeo Crennel suggested Sturdivant could be activated in time for Sunday’s game.

“Possibly he might be able to help us on special teams and at the linebacker spot,” Crennel said.

Sturdivant was a sixth-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals last year. He went to camp with Arizona again this year but was released before the start of the season.

Toys for Tots

The Chiefs and the Marine Corps are holding their annual Toys for Tots collection at Sunday’s game. Fans can bring an unwrapped toy and leave them at collection points near the Arrowhead Stadium gates. Fans can also contribute cash or checks made payable to Toys for Tots. Club level gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the remaining gates open an hour later.

Last season, the Chiefs and the Marines collected more than 1,300 toys and more than $12,000 in donations.

Injury report

The list of starters/regulars who didn’t practice was whittled to four. Linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), tackle Branden Albert (back), center Ryan Lilja (knee) and safety Kendrick Lewis did not practice.

Dexter McCluster, who didn’t practice Wednesday because of a concussion, was listed Thursday as a limited practice participant.

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