It looks as if the worst news out of Arrowhead Stadium Sunday had nothing to do with the final score.
The Chiefs announced Monday that safety Eric Berry, who left the season-opener on two seperate occasions early on before heading to the locker room, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
And here's the kicker: It may have been avoidable.
In the first quarter Sunday, Berry was hit low by Bills' wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and had to leave the game momentarily. You can see that video by clicking here.
Berry was seemingly OK. But three plays after re-entering the game, he went down while in pursuit of a ball-carrier without absorbing any contact to his knee. That's when the "tear" of the ACL presumably occured. You can see that video here.
It's likely Berry's ACL had only been sprained on the cut-block by Johnson (which, by the way, the Chiefs have told the NFL they felt was dirty). It's possible the training staff inexcusably allowed Berry to talk them into letting him back into the game, thus risking further damage to his knee.
Now, Berry is out for the year — or worse. ACL tears can sometimes be career-threatening.
Regardless of the circumstances, this is yet another strike for Todd Haley. He already has the Moeaki injury hanging over his head from the final preseason game. Oh, and of course, that 41-7 home loss to one of 2010's worst teams.
Suddenly, the coach who just last season turned a 4-12 loser into a division winner has allowed himself to become mostly hated by the hometown fans, and finds himself smack-dab on the hot seat.
Is it too early to for the Bill Cowher talk to begin?