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ChiefsandO'sfan
03-30-2012, 11:37 AM
Eric Berry Discusses his Rehab from a Torn ACL, Reacts to Offseason Changes in Kansas City
March 30, 2012 – 7:30 am by Brad Gagnon
It seemed the Chiefs were cursed in 2011. The defending AFC West champions stood little chance to compete when, at the get-go, they saw three bright young stars go down with torn ACLs. The highest touted player of that batch was Eric Berry, a 22-year-old former No. 5 overall pick coming off a Pro Bowl rookie season.

But if there was a positive to takeaway from the early-season run on knee injuries in KC, it’s that they took place early in the season. Berry and teammates Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki have over six months of rehab in already, which bodes well for a return to the playoffs in 2012.



Eric Berry joined The Border Patrol on WHB in Kansas City to provide an update on his rehab and explain how the recuperation process was made easier due to the presence of his also-injured teammates. He also addressed some of the personnel moves the Chiefs have made this offseason and expressed his excitement over Romeo Crennel’s promotion into the head-coaching role.

On how his rehab his coming along:

“Right now I’m doing very good. My knee feels great. I’m actually down in Florida training with my trainer, so everything’s looking good. Been doing a lot of drills, lot of working out, lot of weights. Just trying to make sure I’m ready to go this season. As you know, I got hurt at the beginning of the season so I’ve had a lot of time to sit back and let my body rest and let it heal up. So right now I’m just very anxious to get back on the field. Everything’s looking good, so I’m just gonna continue to work hard and just make sure I’m ready to go come fall.”

On if rehabbing with fellow teammates made the process easier:

“Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. That was probably one of the best things that could’ve happened. It sucks that we all had injuries, but the good thing about it is we were able to push each other through the rehab throughout some of the discomforts of the surgery. And I think that helped us out a lot because we all just competed while we were down there. We always wanted to try to, I guess, set the bar for the next thing we had to do. And I think that’s what made us want to work even harder through our rehab. We all wanted to get out on the field, but at the same time we were just trying to just outdo each other. And I think that helped us throughout the process as well. And it also helps to go through something like that with somebody that you’re close to. So I think that situation was definitely better with those guys who I went through it with.”

On the toughest part of rehabbing the knee:

“Toughest thing about the rehab is right after surgery, the day after, they move your leg. So they get to bending your leg right after surgery. That was one of the toughest things — just not being able to walk around and move about how you want. That was probably the biggest thing, but other than that I can’t really complain about having an injury like that. Because there were a lot of people in there who had been in car wrecks who had to have their legs amputated while we were down there. A guy actually passed away like right after we met him. He was an amputee and he had tendinitis in his other leg that he did have, and he passed away like a week later after we met him. Me and Jamaal (Charles) and Tony (Moeaki) were like really shocked after that. So we were like, shoot, we’re not gonna worry about this ACL, it could always be worse. So we just looked at it as a positive thing and just kept working and trying to get better.”

On if the injury occurred when he was blocked (some say in illegal fashion) by Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson:

“The injury I think actually happened after I got hit. I think I was just so amped for the game and the adrenaline was just so intense I think I didn’t feel it. Because even when I came back in the play after, when I broke, I broke forward. So that’s why I was still able to run around. It didn’t feel quite right, but at the same time I’m the type of guy: ‘Well shoot, it ain’t nothing but a little…’. I couldn’t really feel the pain. … So I’m like, I’m gonna just stay in the game. When I came and broke the play up, I just broke forward (and) I’m like, ‘OK, I’m good.’ But then when I tried to cut laterally, that’s when I realized it was torn. I was trying to jog on my leg after I had my surgery … so going forward wasn’t the problem, it was the cutting that I had a problem with. As far as it being a dirty hit, I’m not really concerned with that — that’s in the past now. If it was me, I wouldn’t have made that block that far away from the play from behind. But some people have their own opinions. So I’m not going to get into whether it was a dirty play or a legal play. I’m not really concerned with that at this point.”

On Stanford Routt joining the Chiefs and Brandon Carr departing:

“I was very excited that Routt was going to be a Chief. Just because seeing what he’s done on the field, and I heard he’s a great guy, I heard he’s a great player. So any time you make an addition to this team like that, that’s a plus. I was very excited for Carr, too, because I think he got the contract he deserves. He’s one of those players that worked hard and did everything right, did everything that the GM and the coaches wanted him to do. So I was very excited for him. I wish he would’ve stayed with the Chiefs. That’s somebody that when I came in he was right there helping me out. So I wished he would’ve stayed here, but that’s just me being selfish. At the same time I’m very excited for him and I wish him the best and I just wanna see all of my teammates do well. I just want them to be with Kansas City.”

On how he feels about Romeo Crennel taking over for Todd Haley at head coach:

“I’m very excited about that, just to see him get the job. You never wanna see a coach leave, that’s something you never wanna see. But at the same time, if they were gonna replace him I’m glad they moved Romeo up to be the head coach. I’m very excited about that. I think they have the right guy for the job. And Coach is gonna hold everybody accountable, and he’s gonna make sure everybody’s doing their job. … We know we have a good coach and we just have to rally behind him and make sure we just play for him.”

On having Peyton Manning in his division:

“It is what it is. Only thing we can do is just prepare for it, make sure that we’re ready and just step up to the plate. I guess that was the best deal for the Denver Broncos to get. But either way, I love a true Volunteer, but at the same time that’s our division. We’ve just gotta step up to the plate and be ready to play.”

Wallcrawler
03-30-2012, 11:51 AM
I cant wait to see Berry back on the field. Even with Carr leaving, I think with Berry coming back, our secondary is going to be fearsome.

vailpass
03-30-2012, 11:54 AM
Good to hear. The league is better when the young studs are healthy.

el borracho
03-30-2012, 11:54 AM
Berry is even more of a pollyanna than Gonzalez was.

Urc Burry
03-30-2012, 12:01 PM
Here's the podcast.
http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=26&c=374&f=464731

I pray he gets a shot on Stevie coming over the middle

Fritz88
03-30-2012, 12:01 PM
If he's not back 100% I am going to stomp kittens.
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O.city
03-30-2012, 12:05 PM
Of the three that went down last year, I think Berry was the biggest hit to the team.

Urc Burry
03-30-2012, 12:09 PM
Of the three that went down last year, I think Berry was the biggest hit to the team.

If we didn't have such a good all around defense I would agree. But without Charles our offense was absolute garbage.

Marcellus
03-30-2012, 12:09 PM
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O.city
03-30-2012, 12:10 PM
It could be argued either way.

O.city
03-30-2012, 12:10 PM
I will say, I think the taped fingers is badass.

KCtotheSB
03-30-2012, 12:12 PM
I hope Berry knocks the shit out of Steve Johnson when we play the Bills this season. I mean some hard core bounty type shit.

-King-
03-30-2012, 12:17 PM
The silver lining in all of them getting hurt is that they all got hurt at the beginning of the season. That way they had the whole season and the whole off season to rehab.

gblowfish
03-30-2012, 12:22 PM
Go back and read this and reflect.
http://tinyurl.com/7m988so

I hope somebody goes all Bernard Pollard on his ass...maybe Bernard Pollard will go Bernard Pollard on his ass. At any rate, being a wide receiver, lots of d-back are going to have a shot at giving him a taste. What goes around, comes around.

O.city
03-30-2012, 12:23 PM
Here is what I'm thinking.



We put up a billboard on I70, with a picture of Stevie, crossed out with a red arrowhead. Under it we say, don't worry Eric, we will pay the fine.

-King-
03-30-2012, 12:25 PM
Eh, I like Stevie Johnson. It is what it is. He was making a block that is legal (shouldn't be, but it is what it is) so I can't fault him for that. Sucks that Eric got hurt, but it's not like Stevie intended that to happen. Shit just happens in football.

gblowfish
03-30-2012, 12:28 PM
Eh, I like Stevie Johnson. It is what it is. He was making a block that is legal (shouldn't be, but it is what it is) so I can't fault him for that. Sucks that Eric got hurt, but it's not like Stevie intended that to happen. Shit just happens in football.

Yeah, right. He better hope to God his head is on a swivel in the next Chiefs game. If there's a fumble pulled loose or a pick, his ass is grass.

GordonGekko
03-30-2012, 12:40 PM
If he's not back 100% I am going to stomp kittens.
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I already did...

GordonGekko
03-30-2012, 12:42 PM
Eh, I like Stevie Johnson. It is what it is. He was making a block that is legal (shouldn't be, but it is what it is) so I can't fault him for that. Sucks that Eric got hurt, but it's not like Stevie intended that to happen. Shit just happens in football.

Fucker dove for his lower legs, helmet first. Fuck that fucker!

mikey23545
03-30-2012, 01:19 PM
Here's the podcast.
http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=26&c=374&f=464731

I pray he gets a shot on Stevie coming over the middle

Actually I hope someone like Houston or Belcher blindsides him as he crosses the middle of the field.

ChiefGator
03-30-2012, 01:20 PM
Berry and teammates Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki have over six months of rehab in already, which bodes well for a return to the playoffs in 2012.

PLAYOFFS!!? PLAYOFFS!!

Don't talk to me about playoffs!

-King-
03-30-2012, 01:26 PM
Fucker dove for his lower legs, helmet first. Fuck that fucker!

It was a legal cut block http://i.imgur.com/vgGWe.gif


It's a WR trying to block so that his teammate can get a TD. Nothing malicious about it.

suzzer99
03-30-2012, 01:26 PM
Did we really lose 3 of our best players to ACLs in three weeks last year? I'm pretty sure that was just a bad dream.

suzzer99
03-30-2012, 01:27 PM
It was a legal cut block http://i.imgur.com/vgGWe.gif


With his teammate trying to get a TD, what did you want him to do?

Nooooo! Jump Eric jump!

mikey23545
03-30-2012, 01:28 PM
It was a legal cut block http://i.imgur.com/vgGWe.gif


It's a WR trying to block so that his teammate can get a TD. Nothing malicious about it.

Fuck you and fuck your incredible defense of a blatant cheap shot.

Chiefspants
03-30-2012, 01:34 PM
It was a legal cut block http://i.imgur.com/vgGWe.gif


It's a WR trying to block so that his teammate can get a TD. Nothing malicious about it.

Technically, none of the hits that the Saints put on favre were "illegal" either, but, that doesn't mean that they were not malicious.

Garcia Bronco
03-30-2012, 01:41 PM
Bad intentions are a part of football

The real question is once he gets out there will he have the confidence in his knee. The psychology effects of a blown ACL are worse than the physical damage.

-King-
03-30-2012, 02:56 PM
Fuck you and fuck your incredible defense of a blatant cheap shot.

It's not a cheap shot. It's a player making a legal block for his teammate. That's what a WR is supposed to do down the field.

-King-
03-30-2012, 02:57 PM
Technically, none of the hits that the Saints put on favre were "illegal" either, but, that doesn't mean that they were not malicious.

So? Shit like this happens in football EVERY SINGLE PLAY. I love Berry and I was depressed when he was injured, but I understand that Stevie was trying to block so that his teammate could get a TD. I'd expect Bowe to do the same thing if Jamaal was 10 yards away from the end zone. It wasn't a cheap shot. It was a block.

SNR
03-30-2012, 03:07 PM
Yeah, right. He better hope to God his head is on a swivel in the next Chiefs game. If there's a fumble pulled loose or a pick, his ass is grass.
I sure hope Shaun Smith passed on his testicle-grabbing expertise to some of the guys on this team.

Maybe Flowers can do a hard press off the line of scrimmage and slip in a nice quick hard squeeze. If he does any ripping, that'd also be fine. Not only do you restore honor for your fallen teammate, but you prevent a dumb fucker like Stevie Johnson from breeding. Two birds one stone.

SNR
03-30-2012, 03:10 PM
So? Shit like this happens in football EVERY SINGLE PLAY. I love Berry and I was depressed when he was injured, but I understand that Stevie was trying to block so that his teammate could get a TD. I'd expect Bowe to do the same thing if Jamaal was 10 yards away from the end zone. It wasn't a cheap shot. It was a block.You're absolutely right. It's not a cheap shot. It's a block.

And hard-hitting sacks on the QB aren't cheap shots, either. They're just good technically-sound tackles.

Uhp. Too bad the NFL lacks any modicum of consistency when it comes to player safety.

chefsos
03-30-2012, 03:10 PM
So? Shit like this happens in football EVERY SINGLE PLAY. I love Berry and I was depressed when he was injured, but I understand that Stevie was trying to block so that his teammate could get a TD. I'd expect Bowe to do the same thing if Jamaal was 10 yards away from the end zone. It wasn't a cheap shot. It was a block.Stop trying to make sense. We're on a RAMPAGE

Mike in SW-MO
03-30-2012, 03:38 PM
That block always looks to me like if Johnson hits him high in the body, it would be a clip.

Pasta Giant Meatball
03-30-2012, 05:57 PM
Bad intentions are a part of football

The real question is once he gets out there will he have the confidence in his knee. The psychology effects of a blown ACL are worse than the physical damage.

Yet, you act like a 36 year old QB coming off neck surgery is going to just walk on the field and be his old self :rolleyes:

O.city
03-30-2012, 06:12 PM
Really hoping he comes back to be normal.


He brings "stardom" to the defense. He's potentially the most athletic guy on the Chiefs roster.

Hoover
03-30-2012, 07:10 PM
Did we really lose 3 of our best players to ACLs in three weeks last year? I'm pretty sure that was just a bad dream.
Yep, your are not going to contend in the NFL with major injuries to start players.

Fat Elvis
03-30-2012, 08:43 PM
Yet, you act like a 36 year old QB coming off neck surgery is going to just walk on the field and be his old self :rolleyes:

Didn't you hear Chris Weinke? Manning is going to be better, stronger, more accurate...

beach tribe
03-30-2012, 09:04 PM
Berry going down DEVASTATED me.


I feel a karmic connection to that pick, and he is already my favorite Chief of all time.

I mean, He's the first 1st round pick that I had absolutely wanted from day one. I'm from TN, and a huge Vols fan, but was the only Chief fan I knew growing up, and everyone I know knows I'm a huge Chief fan. All my friends called me when we picked him.
I played FS (and QB..Berry did too) in HS.
Every pin# or pass code I've ever had has my HS# in it......29
The pick of Berry, and his subsequent #selection was like a nod from the football God's that they had not forsaken us.
He makes the PB his first season, and watching him F shit up was all I could think about all off-season.....then he goes down week 1....ugh.....killed me.
I have ZERO doubt he comes back 100%. He tried to keep playing AFTER he tore it. That tells me all I need to know.
I think he retires as the best S to EVER play....(and that's not just my homerness talking)

Urc Burry
03-30-2012, 09:32 PM
^ he should definitely hit the Reed/Polamalu

Garcia Bronco
03-30-2012, 11:46 PM
Yet, you act like a 36 year old QB coming off neck surgery is going to just walk on the field and be his old self :rolleyes:

The samething applies.