Chiefs' Holmes Has to Keep Waiting

Associated Press
Monday, August 20, 2007

Frustrated and helmetless, Priest Holmes had to stand around and watch yesterday while the Kansas City Chiefs went through another practice without him.

The former Pro Bowl running back had hoped to get medical clearance and be removed from the physically unable-to-perform list and take part in his first actual practice yesterday.

But with General Manager Carl Peterson out of town -- reportedly attending to negotiations with holdout running back Larry Johnson, Holmes's status remained the same.

"It's not a setback. We just have to wait until Carl gets back in town," Holmes said. "I'm not sure when he'll be back."

The former Pro Bowl running back has remained on the list since he unexpectedly decided to come to training camp last month in River Falls, Wis., and attempt an improbable comeback at age 33. He hasn't played or practiced since incurring severe head and neck trauma in October 2005 during a game at San Diego.

Coach Herm Edwards said he wanted to make sure not to hurry Holmes.

"He's not ready. We had a long talk," Edwards said. "The doctor said it's okay for him to participate. But in his mind, and in our mind, we felt where he's at right now he's not 100 percent with his legs underneath him.

"He's laid off for a long time. I told him today, 'I'm not going to rush you. I'm definitely not going to rush you.' "

Without Johnson or Holmes, the Chiefs' running game has been feeble in two preseason losses. They netted only 61 yards in an 11-10 loss to Miami last week.

· BRONCOS: Denver lost starting defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban for the season to a torn Achilles' tendon, and workhorse running back Travis Henry sprained his left knee and might not play again until the season opener.

Henry underwent additional tests yesterday to confirm the original diagnosis of a first-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament. Both were hurt in Saturday's 31-20 loss to the Cowboys.

· BILLS: Defensive end Ryan Denney, who broke his left foot in Buffalo's 13-10 preseason loss to the Falcons on Friday night, is scheduled for surgery today and will be out indefinitely.

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