Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, 32, will miss the rest of the season after consulting with three experts on spinal injuries.
A helmet-to-helmet blow he absorbed on Oct. 30 against San Diego was the most recent problem. But Coach Dick Vermeil said yesterday signs of trouble first showed up when Holmes developed tingling in his hands during training camp.
Holmes, a three-time Pro Bowl player whose 66 touchdowns between 2002 and 2004 are an NFL record for any three-year span, was placed on injured reserve. Doctors had recommended he avoid any contact for a minimum of 30 days.
He is not incapacitated and no surgery is planned, General Manager Carl Peterson said.
Vikings' Smoot Out
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Fred Smoot is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken right collarbone.
Smoot initially injured his shoulder Oct. 30 at Carolina and was hurt again last week against Detroit, sitting out briefly before returning. Trainer Chuck Barta said an MRI exam revealed a small fracture. . . .
Chicago Bears starting right tackle Fred Miller will miss two weeks after hurting his jaw in a fall at his home on Monday, an injury that required surgery, Coach Lovie Smith said. . . .
Left tackle Jonas Jennings will miss the rest of San Francisco's season after surgery on his right shoulder. . . .
St. Louis rookie offensive lineman Richie Incognito was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list because his surgically repaired knee failed to respond as quickly as anticipated.
D. Lewis Arrested
Former NFL defensive back Darryll Lewis was arrested after leading police on a 30-minute chase in Los Angeles that ended with five officers dragging him to the ground, authorities said.
Lewis, 36, was arrested Monday for investigation of evading arrest, driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was being held on $75,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday.
Can You Pay My Bills?
The New Orleans Saints will pay the city of San Antonio $550,000 in rent for playing three games at the Alamodome after Hurricane Katrina displaced the team from the Louisiana Superdome, said Michael Abington, Alamodome director.
The city of San Antonio is negotiating additional compensation for the expenses it incurred rescheduling about eight events, Abington said.
"This agreement will cover our expenses, but we were never trying to make a big profit," Abington said in an interview. "They showed up one day looking for a home, and we regarded them as evacuees."