UPDATE: 2 PM FRIDAY: Former Vol Eric Berry and the Kansas City Chiefs got some sobering news on the safety's health, a day after he helped the team beat New England.
Berry is done for the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's victory in New England, according to an announcement Friday.
The Georgia native was covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a passing route. At the end of the play, he clearly was hurt, sitting on the turf. A cart removed him from the field.
Berry underwent an MRI on Friday.
The star safety, whose younger brothers Evan and Elliott now play for the University of Tennessee, was hurt in the fourth quarter.
Coach Andy Reid told reporters afterward the MRI will clarify the extent of Berry's injury.
The Chiefs beat New England 42-27 at Foxborough, Mass. It was a huge upset, but losing Berry would be bad news for Kansas City.
On Thursday night, Reid said: “As far as injuries go, Eric Berry looks like he has an Achilles tendon potential tear.”
Berry made seven tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, before suffering the injury.
Last season, the eight-year veteran made 77 tackles and had four interceptions.
Berry was a fan favorite at UT during the 2007-09 seasons. The Georgia native was an All-American who won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2009.
Two years ago, in the middle of his NFL career, he overcame Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Berry occasionally returns to Tennessee for fundraisers and inspirational events.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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