Chiefs safety Reid expected to play against Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to have safety Eric Berry back against the New England Patriots as they look to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.

Berry, who sat out last weekend, has been working his way back from a heel injury.

He fully participated in all three of Kansas City's practices this week and told reporters he felt "pretty good". Berry was also removed from the team's official injury report and is expected to play on Sunday.

Berry missed the entire preseason and the first 13 games of the regular season with a sore heel. The five-time Pro Bowler returned for two games before sitting out the divisional round matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I wanted to go in that game,'' Berry said. "Just a lot of complications that I can't really explain. I want to get on the field on Sunday.

"Look at the history behind the [Lamar Hunt] Trophy [for the AFC Championship Game and look at the organisation we're playing for. That's great, just to be in this position and have the opportunity. You don't get these opportunities often. This is my ninth year in the league and this is my first shot at it. I'm going to cherish every moment."

The veteran defensive back has dealt with a couple of injuries the last two seasons. He only played in one game last year - a season-opening win against the Patriots and he suffered a torn Achilles in the game.

In that game, Berry helped defend New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was held to two receptions on six targets.

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