KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Priest Holmes retired from the NFL
today, ending a short comeback that was widely hailed as one of the
most improbable in NFL history.
The 34-year-old three-time Pro Bowl running back was out of
football for 22 months after sustaining head and neck injuries in a
game in October 2005. He showed up at the Chiefs' training camp in
July saying he had seen himself in a dream playing football.
Holmes worked hard to get back in shape, and he started the last
two games in place of Larry Johnson, who will be out again this
week with a foot injury. Holmes carried the ball 46 times for 137
yards and caught five passes for 17 yards this season before
getting hurt in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. He had 55 yards
rushing against the Colts as the Chiefs lost their third in a row.
Holmes was the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year after rushing
for 1,615 yards in just 14 games in 2002. He's the Chiefs' all-time
rushing leader with 6,070 yards and accumulated 8,172 yards rushing
in 11 seasons with Baltimore and Kansas City.
Rookie Kolby Smith will likely start for 4-and-6 Kansas City
this weekend against Oakland. The fifth-round draft pick has
carried 10 times for 19 yards this season.