Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been placed on the non-football illness list after doctors discovered a mass in his chest, the team announced on Monday. According to Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder, Berry first complained of chest discomfort following the team's game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. An MRI on Friday revealed the mass in the right side of his chest.
While there was no definitive diagnosis on Monday, the "leading consideration for what he has right now is lymphoma," Burkholder said during a press conference in Kansas City. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has traveled to Atlanta to undergo further examination by a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital.
“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom," Berry said in a statement released by the Chiefs. "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!”
After the Chiefs announced Berry's health status, several NFL players expressed their concern and support on Twitter. Fans also got a #BerryStrong hashtag trending on the social media platform.
Praying for Eric Berry @Stuntman1429 to have healing. Rooting for you to stay encouraged. Stay Strong boss.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 24, 2014
🙏🙏 👆 for my bro Eric berry #29 pic.twitter.com/lZQ4Nn2amo
— Ron Parker (@ghost_0836) November 24, 2014
Wishing the best of luck Eric Berry. Sad news...
— Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) November 24, 2014
— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) November 24, 2014
Prayers up for Eric Berry🙏🙏
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) November 24, 2014
Prayers out for my dude @Stuntman1429.
— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) November 24, 2014
— Brandon Boykin (@BrandonBoykin2) November 24, 2014