Surgery Rehab Derails Dontari Poe

St. Joseph, MO - As the Kansas City Chiefs welcomed the first wave of players on Tuesday afternoon to training camp, Head Coach, Andy Reid, announced one of his pro bowl defenders might not be ready for the season opener but another could return soon. So how much time will Dontari Poe miss to begin the regular season and what’s the latest on Eric Berry?

With players matriculating into their new dorm rooms Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs welcomed a host of players eligible to begin workouts before the veterans arrive on Friday. However, one player, Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, won’t join his teammates on the field anytime soon.

It was revealed today by Head Coach, Andy Reid, All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, had surgery earlier this month to repair a herniated disk. That means Poe won’t be on the field for the duration of training camp.

His loss to the lineup means the Chiefs have to move veteran Jaye Howard and rookie draft pick, Rakeem Nunez-Roches into the mix as potential starters should Poe be unable to return until September or October.

The Chiefs remain confident Poe could be ready by the start of the regular season but that depends on how well his conditioning and rehab progresses through August.

If Poe is out for an extended period of time; this would be a huge loss for the Chiefs defense. To combat his absence, I would not be surprised if the Chiefs considered switching to a 4-3 defensive front.

In doing so, veteran defensive lineman, Mike Devito and Allen Bailey, could move inside allowing outside Linebackers, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to play on the edge. Now the Chiefs haven’t used that defensive front since, Bob Sutton, became the teams defensive coordinator.

However, in the absence of Poe to anchor the middle of the teams 3-4 defense, Sutton might have to improvise the first month or two of the season.

All Pro Safety Eric Berry could rejoin the Chiefs this week.

In other news, Head Coach, Andy Reid indicated that Safety, Eric Berry, could rejoin the team this weekend. He’s schedule to take some additional tests away and the team is anxious to see his overall progress after successfully completing cancer treatments.

Last year Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and immediately left the team to address his condition. The former All Pro Safety hasn’t spoke much since the diagnosis or during his treatments, but it’s probable if healthy, Berry would continue his playing career with the Chiefs.

Berry is entering the final year of his contract, and to date, the two sides haven’t amended his contact that will pay him $8.357 million this season. Regardless if that number changes, it appears Berry will be in camp at some point this week.


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With players matriculating into their new dorm rooms Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs welcomed a host of players eligible to begin workouts before the veterans arrive on Friday. However, one player, Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, won’t join his teammates on the field anytime soon. \r\n\r\n

It was revealed today by Head Coach, Andy Reid, All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, had surgery earlier this month to repair a herniated disk. That means Poe won’t be on the field for the duration of training camp. \r\n\r\n

His loss to the lineup means the Chiefs have to move veteran Jaye Howard and rookie draft pick, Rakeem Nunez-Roches into the mix as potential starters should Poe be unable to return until September or October.\r\n\r\n

The Chiefs remain confident Poe could be ready by the start of the regular season but that depends on how well his conditioning and rehab progresses through August.\r\n\r\n

If Poe is out for an extended period of time; this would be a huge loss for the Chiefs defense. To combat his absence, I would not be surprised if the Chiefs considered switching to a 4-3 defensive front.\r\n\r\n\r\n

In doing so, veteran defensive lineman, Mike Devito and Allen Bailey, could move inside allowing outside Linebackers, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to play on the edge. Now the Chiefs haven’t used that defensive front since, Bob Sutton, became the teams defensive coordinator.\r\n\r\n

However, in the absence of Poe to anchor the middle of the teams 3-4 defense, Sutton might have to improvise the first month or two of the season.\r\n\r\n

\r\nAll Pro Safety Eric Berry could rejoin the Chiefs this week.
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In other news, Head Coach, Andy Reid indicated that Safety, Eric Berry, could rejoin the team this weekend. He’s schedule to take some additional tests away and the team is anxious to see his overall progress after successfully completing cancer treatments.\r\n\r\n

Last year Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and immediately left the team to address his condition. The former All Pro Safety hasn’t spoke much since the diagnosis or during his treatments, but it’s probable if healthy, Berry would continue his playing career with the Chiefs. \r\n\r\n

Berry is entering the final year of his contract, and to date, the two sides haven’t amended his contact that will pay him $8.357 million this season. Regardless if that number changes, it appears Berry will be in camp at some point this week.\r\n\r\n

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With players matriculating into their new dorm rooms Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs welcomed a host of players eligible to begin workouts before the veterans arrive on Friday. However, one player, Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, won’t join his teammates on the field anytime soon.

It was revealed today by Head Coach, Andy Reid, All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, had surgery earlier this month to repair a herniated disk. That means Poe won’t be on the field for the duration of training camp.

His loss to the lineup means the Chiefs have to move veteran Jaye Howard and rookie draft pick, Rakeem Nunez-Roches into the mix as potential starters should Poe be unable to return until September or October.

The Chiefs remain confident Poe could be ready by the start of the regular season but that depends on how well his conditioning and rehab progresses through August.

If Poe is out for an extended period of time; this would be a huge loss for the Chiefs defense. To combat his absence, I would not be surprised if the Chiefs considered switching to a 4-3 defensive front.

In doing so, veteran defensive lineman, Mike Devito and Allen Bailey, could move inside allowing outside Linebackers, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to play on the edge. Now the Chiefs haven’t used that defensive front since, Bob Sutton, became the teams defensive coordinator.

However, in the absence of Poe to anchor the middle of the teams 3-4 defense, Sutton might have to improvise the first month or two of the season.

All Pro Safety Eric Berry could rejoin the Chiefs this week.

In other news, Head Coach, Andy Reid indicated that Safety, Eric Berry, could rejoin the team this weekend. He’s schedule to take some additional tests away and the team is anxious to see his overall progress after successfully completing cancer treatments.

Last year Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and immediately left the team to address his condition. The former All Pro Safety hasn’t spoke much since the diagnosis or during his treatments, but it’s probable if healthy, Berry would continue his playing career with the Chiefs.

Berry is entering the final year of his contract, and to date, the two sides haven’t amended his contact that will pay him $8.357 million this season. Regardless if that number changes, it appears Berry will be in camp at some point this week.

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