Way We Hear It: Eric Berry's potential loss can't be overstated for Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs have in-house options, but losing Berry for season would be a massive blow By ERIC EDHOLMSept. 8, 2017 The Kansas City Chiefs’ massive victory in Week 1 against the New England Patriots appears to be a Pyrrhic one.The Kansas City Chiefs’ massive victory in Week 1 against the New England Patriots appears to be a Pyrrhic one. All signs point to the injury suffered by S Eric Berry in the game to be a significant one to his Achilles, which would end his season after less than one full game. There’s no other way to state it: The loss would be a massive one for the Chiefs. Berry fills a role in that defense that no other player on the roster can handle by himself. Those are always the toughest players to lose, especially when they also fill such a leadership void, as Berry does. There are few players in the Chiefs’ locker room more respected than he is. In a little more than three quarters, Berry reminded people what he can do on the field, too. He made a few huge run stops — including a huge fourth-down play in the first half — and was a key to containing Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. Few players in the NFL have that kind of versatility. Now the Chiefs must adjust how they play defense and attempt to fill that void.Now the Chiefs must adjust how they play defense and attempt to fill that void. Daniel Sorensen likely steps into a starting role, and Eric Murray likely steps up the ladder into the No. 3 spot. Sorensen quietly was reliable in the third safety spot a year ago, which was reflected in the four-year, $20 million extension he was given last offseason. Murray was a college corner and quality special teamer who has raised his stock between his first and second seasons in the NFL. As a fourth-rounder a year ago, he played in all 16 games — primarily on special teams — but started to get more reps on defense down the stretch.The Chiefs have nice depth, yes, but they also could sign a veteran off the street. Some bigger-name options the Chiefs could consider: Jairus Byrd, Rashad Johnson, Roman Harper, Darrell Stuckey, Dwight Lowery, Aaron Williams and Kendrick Lewis, among others. The team also has undrafted rookie Leon McQuay III on the practice squad as a call-up candidate.The problem could come in coverage, as the Chiefs’ lack of CB depth is concerning. The Patriots had success picking on nickel CB Phillip Gaines in the first half and going after CB Terrance Mitchell for big plays. Berry tried to help cover for some of that, and the perennially underrated Ron Parker now must pick up that slack.The Chiefs have a little extra time to figure out how they might have to replace one of their defensive leaders, but it’s not like that makes it much easier.