Chiefs coach Andy Reid said safety Eric Berry, who has missed the last four games with a high ankle sprain, will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
That means he has a 50/50 chance of playing.
Berry, a three-time pro Bowler, has been limited in practice every day this week.
“You know he actually looks pretty good and he feels pretty good,” Reid said Friday. “So we will just see how the next couple days go. I don’t want to say one way or another, that’s why we listed him there. We will just see how it all works out for him.”
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Reid was then asked if Berry will start if he does, in fact, play.
“You count on that, yeah,” Reid said.
Fourth-year safety Ron Parker, who has started the last four games in Berry’s stead, has earned praise for his play. The college safety-turned-cornerback has a career-high 29 tackles and three pass deflections in six games at his old position.
Reid declined to say what Berry’s return could mean for Parker, assuming Husain Abdullah — the Chiefs’ other starting safety in week one — retains his starting gig.
“We will see,” Reid said. “We have a couple combinations that we’re working … I can’t give you all that. I have to have a couple things up my sleeve.”
Reid, however, did concede he’s happy with Parker’s play.
“He’s doing a nice job, he really is,” Reid said. “I won’t sleight you on that part; he’s playing well.”
Reid said receiver Donnie Avery (groin) and cornerback Chris Owens (knee) will not play Sunday.
Receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring) was limited Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report.
Tight end Travis Kelce (ribs), cornerback Sean Smith (groin), running back Cyrus Gray (hand) and linebacker Justin Houston (ankle) were all full participants and are listed as probable, which means they will almost certainly play.