[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs appear to be preparing for life without Priest Holmes, whose midseason neck trauma last year allowed Larry Johnson the opportunity to have one of the most spectacular rushing half-seasons in NFL history.
The Chiefs haven’t given up on a return from Holmes. But one month before the draft and seven weeks before the first offseason practice, the Chiefs still have nothing definitive on Holmes or from him.
“It’s a very slow process,” Edwards said. “He’s just kind of laying low. I’ve talked to him once, basically when I first got the job. At that point, he anticipated coming back. I don’t know where it stands at this point.
“He’s taking his time in figuring out what to do. There’s no rush. There’s no deadline when he has to make a decision, but it’s his decision to make.”
President/general manager Carl Peterson said he doesn’t expect Holmes to participate in a three-day May minicamp or any of the 13 other offseason practices scheduled for May and June.
“There were other times when people tried to count him out and then he shocked and surprised everybody, so it’s too early to say,” Peterson said. “I would just say right now, if he had to start the football season, he couldn’t because the doctors have not cleared him for contact. But we don’t have to start right now. We’ll see where we are in June or July.”