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05-04-2006, 08:06 PM
Priest Holmes continues to be a question mark for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The star running back, who was injured in October, has not been medically cleared to return to the field and won't participate in Chiefs' mini-camp, coach Herm Edwards said Wednesday, according to The Kansas City Star.

"I told him, 'Hey, when you get cleared, when you get ready in your mind to get back here, you need to be back here,' " Edwards told the paper.

"So there's no pressure on him by our people, by us, at all."

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson said last month he is counting Priest Holmes "in" for next season, as the three-time Pro Bowl running back continues to recover from midseason surgery for head and neck trauma.

Holmes, who was injured last October against San Diego, has continued to work out at his home in Texas, just as he has the past three offseasons.

Larry Johnson emerged as one of the NFL's brightest young stars after Holmes' injury. He rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his nine starts, racking up 1,750 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. It was enough that one of Edwards' first moves with the Chiefs was to name Johnson the starting running back entering fall camp.

"Priest knows that," Edwards said last month. "Everybody knows that."

But Edwards also noted that many of Johnson's yards came as he simply ran over defenders, a tactic that might wear him down over a full season.

That's why Edwards is eagerly awaiting Holmes' decision. The Chiefs have signed former Denver Broncos running back Quentin Griffin, but have very little depth beyond that. They also lost Tony Richardson, one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league, to free agency.

-not of major importance now but I would much rather see him carry the backup load then Griffin...I dont care how nice the guy is...

05-04-2006, 08:09 PM
Having Holmes as a BURB would be like having Jimmy Page as your rhythm guitarist.

I'm certain that CP has located a physician willing to testify in Federal Court that Priest can play.