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Eric Berry: NFL Player Out For Season Due To Potential Lymphoma

Wed, November 26, 2014 10:18am EDT by Chris Rogers 3 Comments
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So sad. A mass has been found in the chest of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who is now out for the season. Team officials believe it’s lymphoma, a form of cancer.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, 25, will be out for the season, following the discovery of a mass in his chest. The NFL player will reportedly undergo further testing at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to complete the diagnosis.

Eric Berry: Mass Found In Chest Of NFL Player — Potential Lymphoma

“At this point in time, we don’t have a definitive diagnosis,” Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said at a news conference Nov. 24, according to ESPN. “But the leading consideration for what he has right now is lymphoma. We first were alerted to something on Thursday night. It’s now Monday. We still don’t have a definitive answer. That’s OK. We’ll get to the experts and we’ll get the answer. We’ll get a treatment program and we’ll go from there.”

Eric allegedly complained of chest pain on Thursday, Nov. 20, following a game against the Oakland Raiders. At the time, he was examined by team physicians.

By Friday, Nov. 21, he was still experiencing discomfort.

“It just didn’t quite add up to an orthopedic injury,” Rick said.

Eric was given an X-ray, which was negative. But follow-up testing, including an MRI, revealed the mass in his chest.

Eric Berry Addresses His Teammates, Releases Statement

Eric released a statement through the Chiefs before leaving for Atlanta. He said:

“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!”

This is so sad, but our thoughts go out to Eric at this difficult time in his life.

— Chris Rogers

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