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Eric Berry looks close to being his former self for Chiefs

Safety Eric Berry made his first start for the Chiefs since his return over the summer after battling lymphoma. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Berry started at free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs in last week’s game against the Denver Broncos for the first time since his return over the summer after battling lymphoma.

That’s another milestone for Berry, or as he prefers to call them, a checkpoint. Berry had four tackles in the Chiefs' 31-24 loss.

But it doesn’t mean Berry is back in starting lineup for good.

"We’re playing a bunch of different personnel groups out there and he did start in the game in the personnel group that he was in," coach Andy Reid said. "He’s just been doing well, he keeps getting better and better."

It’s also worth noting that the usual starting free safety, Husain Abdullah, missed some practice time last week because of a quad injury. Abdullah is listed on the Chiefs’ depth chart for Monday night’s game at Green Bay as the starter and Berry as the backup, for what that’s worth.

Berry’s playing time was still a good sign for both him and the Chiefs. After playing 48 of 77 snaps as a backup plus seven plays on special teams in the season-opening game in Houston, Berry was in for 71 of 73 plays plus six in the kicking game against Denver.

"I’d probably say he’s pretty close," Reid said when asked whether Berry was the same player as before the illness. "I haven’t seen where he’s not ... it looks like he’s got all of his stuff. He really does.

"That’s a great story, and most of all, I think it’s a big tribute to him and his family and just believing that he was going to get better. His primary doctor that took care of him and the nurses and everybody else, I mean, there’s a lot of people that got affected. But most of all, it’s just great that he’s alive and that he can play. It’s a beautiful thing."