Chiefs S Eric Berry cleared to practice

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The wait for good news on an All-Pro safety won’t extend another day.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Chiefs announced Tuesday night that safety Eric Berry, who recently battled Hodgkin lymphoma, has been cleared to take the practice field Wednesday morning.

Berry, who finished the 2014 season on the non-football injury list following the diagnosis after Week 12, immediately underwent treatments and concluded his treatment in June.

The Chiefs put Berry through “several rounds of thorough testing,” which concluded Tuesday evening.

Coach Andy Reid addressed the media earlier Tuesday and hinted good news could be on the way.

“Eric’s going through some tests now,” Reid said. “We should have an answer for you on Eric within a day here. So far everything’s positive, but we don’t want to give you anything until we have everything.”

That time officially arrived with Tuesday night’s announcement.

The Chiefs can use the next three days of morning practices with rookies, quarterbacks and select players to evaluate where Berry is condition-wise without pads.

But Reid pointed out earlier Tuesday that Berry appeared to be in good shape despite the missed organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.

“He’s kept himself in good shape, believe it or not,” Reid said. “He’s really done a good job there.”

Reid and head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder are scheduled to address Berry’s medical and football timeline at the conclusion of Wednesday’s practice.

Berry will follow Reid and Burkholder, and is scheduled to address the media at 1 p.m.


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