KC Chiefs’ first preseason game to feature lots of players

The Chiefs hope to use as many players possible in the preseason opener on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium against Cincinnati.

“This first game, we let everybody play, we get everybody in the ballgame,” said offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. “We want to get everybody on film and get a good evaluation of all our players

“We want to see the effort, and we want to see the hustle. We don’t go into this with big game plans and all that. We just want to see our guys execute our offense. It doesn’t matter who is out on that field.”

Eric Berry returns to practice

Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry returned to practice on Sunday after missing two days with a heel injury.

Two years ago, cornerback Brandon Flowers missed nearly all of camp and the season opener because of a heel injury, but Berry wasn’t worried about a similar situation.

“No, it was a little irritated,” Berry said. “I just couldn’t really plant like I wanted to. But we got the information back so quick, and (trainers and team doctors) attacked it so fast. I felt like they did a great job of helping me get back on the field. Now it is just being more proactive and keeping it that way.”

Berry is confident he’ll be able to play on Thursday night against Cincinnati.

“I should be fine,” he said. “It is football at the end of the day, and I’ve been playing a lot of football, so we will see how it goes.”

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