Kansas City Chiefs Strong Safety Eric Berry made a shocking announcement this week reporting that he is undergoing testing for a mass in his chest that doctors think might be cancer.
The 2010 first round draft pick reported that he felt a tightness in his chest during last Thursday’s loss to the Raiders, and had it looked at during the past weekend. Doctors soon told him he had a mass on the right side of his chest and that it might be lymphoma.
Berry revealed that doctors are “75 percent” sure of the diagnosis and are working quickly to be sure and formulate a treatment.
“They may do further scans. In all likelihood, they’ll do a biopsy of one of the lymph nodes or the mass,” team trainer Rick Burkholder said. “We’ll be able to give you more information in the next couple days.”
The team announced on Monday that it had placed Berry on the non-football injury (NFI) list so he could focus on his treatment.
“I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent,” Berry said in the Monday press conference. “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.”
The news shocked Chad Speck, the player’s agent.
“At first I was in shock–I had just seen Eric on Thursday night in Oakland playing against the Raiders,” he said. “As the news sunk in, I immediately just began to pray for Eric and his family.”
Berry had a good season last year and was selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl but this year the player has suffered several injuries including a high ankle injury that kept him benched for five games this year.
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