Eric Berry Believed To Have Cancer, Placed on Season-Ending IR
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry's season is over, but football likely isn't a concern for the star player as he's being tested for what's believed to be lymphoma in his chest, a form of cancer.
Berry approached his coaches on Thursday night after the Chiefs' loss against Oakland and was brought in for testing the following day. An x-ray was negative, but an MRI revealed a mass in his chest.
"At this point in time, we don't have a definitive diagnosis, but the leading consideration for what he has right now is lymphoma," trainer Rick Burkholder said Monday.
He is undergoing further testing at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and will receive a diagnosis soon.
Berry released a statement through the team on Monday:
“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight.
I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!”
It's stories like these that put sports in perspective for fans, writers, and athletes alike. Our thoughts are with Berry and we hope for a speedy recovery.
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