[Kansas City.com] In the months since Priest Holmes suffered a neck injury, the Chiefs have repeatedly said that they won’t count their Pro Bowl running back out.
They will, however, cross his name off the list for minicamp.
Coach Herm Edwards said Wednesday that Holmes will not be in Kansas City when offseason practice starts in two weeks because he hasn’t been medically cleared. Holmes has been seeing a spinal specialist, Robert Watkins, after getting the worst of a helmet-to-helmet collision with Shawne Merriman at midseason in San Diego.
“I told him, ‘Hey, when you get cleared, when you get ready in your mind to get back here, you need to be back here,’” Edwards said.
“So there’s no pressure on him by our people, by us, at all.”
Asked whether Holmes’ absence should be interpreted as a sign he may not come back, Edwards said: “People can interpret what they want. But until you hear it from Priest Holmes that he’s not going to play, in my mind, he’s playing.”