Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes, out for the rest of the season, is taking a break back home in Texas and is not thinking about retirement, his father said.

There had been speculation earlier this week that Holmes, 32, might retire following a helmet-to-helmet collision against San Diego on Oct. 30. He missed last Sunday's game against Oakland, and the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve Wednesday because of head and neck trauma.

"He's not contemplating retirement," Holmes's father, Herman Morris, told the Kansas City Star in yesterday's editions.

* VIKINGS: Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will have surgery on his right knee next week to repair torn ligaments. The length of his rehabilitation won't be known until after the operation, but the team anticipates he won't be ready until the 2006 season.

* SAINTS: Cornerback Fakhir Brown was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, the team said yesterday.

Brown, who was arrested Wednesday, is the second Saints player to face a DWI charge in San Antonio in two weeks. Linebacker Courtney Watson was charged with drunken driving on Oct. 26.

* SEAHAWKS: Safety Ken Hamlin showed up at the team's practice yesterday, still recovering from injuries suffered nearly four weeks ago in a fight outside a Seattle nightclub.