Mass discovered in Chiefs safety Eric Berry's chest

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has been initially diagnosed with lymphoma and was placed on the non-football illness list.

Berry is undergoing testing in Atlanta with a lymphoma specialist to confirm the diagnosis after a mass was discovered in his chest.

"At this point in time, we don't have a definitive diagnosis," Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said. "But the leading consideration for what he has right now is lymphoma. We first were alerted to something on Thursday night. It's now Monday. We still don't have a definitive answer. We'll get to the experts and we'll get the answer. We'll get a treatment program and we'll go from there."

Berry released a statement about his condition.

"I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom," Berry said. "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!"

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Berry is a fighter.

"He was upbeat and very positive," Reid said. "He was awesome. He's not one that likes to do a lot of talking. But he felt like the team needed to hear it from him that he's OK and that he's going to get after this thing and get it fixed. There were some guys that were obviously shocked by the information and understandably so. These guys love him and he's a big part of this football team not only as a player but also as a person and a leader.

"There were some guys that were shaken up. But I think with his strength and being able to talk to the players, they felt a comfort in that. When you get in these situations you hunker down and you battle for your life is what you do. You have to be in a certain frame of mind. You have to have a certain support system to back you up and Eric's got that, not only with family but also with the Chiefs."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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