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Eric Berry coy on if he believes bounty sparked Bills' hit on him

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Eric Berry has his own opinions about whether the Buffalo Bills were out to hurt him in last season's opener, when a deliberately low block resulted in a season-ending knee injury.

The Chiefs' safety knows better than to reveal what he's really thinking, though, instead telling people to watch video of the block and "make your own opinion."

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Berry was in the open field and running toward the ball Sept. 11 when wide receiver Stevie Johnson dove at his knee from the side. Berry was upended near the goal line and ultimately left the game, and the full extent of the injury was revealed a couple of days later.

Although the open-field block was legal, Berry tweeted last month: "Sometimes I sit n wonder if they had a bounty out on me ... oh well ... who cares. Either way u can't hold me down."

Berry said that the tweet, sent after revelations of bounties being paid out by the New Orleans Saints, was "pretty much a joke." But pressed about whether he thought the hit was intentional, the Pro Bowl safety gave the impression that he still wonders about it.

"They got the tape out there, you can make your own opinion," Berry said. "I mean, my opinion is my opinion. People are going to take it how they want to take it anyway.

"To me, that's in the past," he said. "It is what it is."

Berry, who was at the Chiefs' practice facility Tuesday to participate in the team's offseason program, said his knee has mostly healed -- he spent time rehabbing with tight end Tony Moeaki and running back Jamaal Charles, who sustained the same injury to the same knee in consecutive weeks. All three are expected to be ready by the start of training camp in July.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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