November 20, 2007
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (TICKER) -- Just hours after announcing that star running back Larry Johnson will miss a third straight game, the Kansas City Chiefs learned that backup Priest Holmes may be out as well.
According to a report on FOXSports.com, Holmes suffered a neck injury in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts that could threaten both the rest of his season and his career.
"Priest got dinged in the game in Indianapolis," coach Herman Edwards told the Kansas City Star. "He did return to the game before eventually coming out. We're evaluating him, and we'll see where it's at (today)."
Holmes has missed nearly two years after suffering head and neck injuries on a tackle by San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman on October 30, 2005.
FOXSports.com reported that Holmes saw a specialist early this week and will see a series of specialists to help him better determine his future.
The three-time Pro Bowl running back sat out all of the 2006 season and was not placed on the active roster this season until mid-October.
When Johnson was injured during a 33-32 loss to the Green Bay Packers on November 4, Holmes stepped in and has started the past two games, rushing for a combined 120 yards.
If Holmes is unable to play, rookie running back Kolby Smith is the only other running back on Kansas City's roster.
A fifth-round draft choice, Smith had 10 carries for 19 yards against the Colts.
From 2002-04, Holmes amassed 66 total touchdowns, an NFL record for a three-year span.
Signed in April 2001 after spending his first four seasons with Baltimore, Holmes rushed for 5,933 yards and 76 touchdowns in 61 games with the Chiefs.
In 11 seasons, Holmes has rushed for 8,172 yards and 86 touchdowns. His best season was 2003, when he ran for 1,420 yards and 27 touchdowns.