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Aaron Berry Underwent Minor Shoulder Surgery Earlier This Offseason

It's hard to believe given how bad it was at the end of the year, but the Detroit Lions' secondary actually was decent for most of the 2011 season. That was before injuries ravaged it and at one point even forced wide receiver Rashied Davis to take snaps on defense. Both the cornerback and safety positions were decimated by injuries, and there were several players not at 100 percent for the Lions' playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

One of those players was Aaron Berry, who received a lot of criticism for his play on the field and his tweets afterward. It turns out he was feeling the effects of a dislocated shoulder injury he suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. The injury kept him out for the final three games of the regular season and required surgery after the season, according to head coach Jim Schwartz, who had this to say a few days ago:

"Aaron was playing at a really, really high level when he got hurt," he said.

Gunther Cunningham has talked up Berry quite a bit in the past. Unfortunately, Berry's rookie season was ended in Week 1 by a shoulder injury, and the end of his sophomore campaign was derailed by another shoulder issue. Hopefully in 2012 he will be able to stay healthy and continue to improve.