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Chiefs still easing Eric Berry back into the mix

Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry stood on the sidelines during the team's training camp practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry stood on the sidelines during the team's training camp practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. deulitt@kcstar.com

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said Sunday that the Chiefs will continue to ease safety Eric Berry, who recently was diagnosed as free of lymphoma, back into action.

Throughout practice, Berry has earned a few first-team looks but has consistently been with the second team, though he still seems to possess much of his trademark athleticism. He even made a tackle during Sunday’s practice as his body gets readjusted to the rigors of professional football.

“We're really going on him and the docs and how he feels," Sutton said. “He's feeling better everyday. He's getting back into football, too. He missed a lot of this training camp a year ago with the Achilles injury and he got nicked up again.”

After battling an Achilles injury in camp a year ago, Berry missed nearly a month a half early last season with a high ankle sprain.

“He didn't really have a lot of practice time a year ago, even in the few games he played in,” Sutton said. “He's seeing things better, it's slowing down for him. And this is strictly football — this has nothing to do with what he overcame. He's happy with that … we're gonna go and follow his rhythm, whatever he feels like.”

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