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Pro Bowl S Berry leaves Chiefs' practice early with injury

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The Canadian Press
7/31/2014 1:56:35 PM
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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Eric Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his right ankle, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp.

Berry dislocated his finger in an earlier practice.

It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of the day's workout at Missouri Western. He walked gingerly to the tent next to the field and was checked on by trainers, and then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving on a cart.

Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was still awaiting word on the severity of the injury.

"It's no Achilles, it's no ligament tear," Reid said. "We'll have to see."

Starting cornerback Marcus Cooper also left practice Thursday with a slight hamstring injury, compounding problems for a Chiefs secondary that was already thin coming into camp.

The Chiefs allowed free safety Kendrick Lewis to depart in free agency, and released Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers in what amounted to a cost-saving move. They also saw contributors such as Quintin Demps find homes with other teams, content to patch the holes mainly from within.

One of the players they were counting on to compete for the safety job was Sanders Commings, who missed his rookie season after breaking his collarbone in training camp. But he broke a bone in his right foot while getting juked to the ground by running back Jamaal Charles on Wednesday.

Reid said after Thursday's workout that Commings would be undergoing surgery.

Asked whether there's any timetable for his return, Reid said: "I don't know."

"We'll see," he said. "Normally if you break a bone it takes a while."

The Chiefs have 18 defensive backs in camp, though several of them have been banged up. Along with the injuries to Berry, Cooper and Commings, cousins David Van Dyke and DeMarcus Van Dyke have been missing practice, and rookie Phillip Gaines recently returned from a head injury.

"That happens," Reid said. "It happens as you go through camp, your legs get tired, you get those strains, those tight hamstrings. We'll be fine. We'll push through it."

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