Berry was dealing with chest discomfort following Thursday’s loss to the Raiders and further testing revealed that he has a mass on the right side of his chest.
As of now, there no definitely diagnosis. However, Berry is scheduled to visit a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for evaluation.
Berry has released a statement regarding the situation:
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 very surprising news as there had been no indication of the team’s placing Berry on the NFI list before this afternoon.
Schefter doesn’t offer a reason for the move, but I’m sure we’ll have an update in the near future.
Berry, 25, is in the fourth year of his five-year, $60 million contract that included $34 million guaranteed. He’ll make a bas salary of $5.155 million for the 2015 season.
Berry’s 2014 season ends with him recording 37 tackles and two pass defenses over the course of six games.