[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs are moving on without Priest Holmes, arranging a trade with New Orleans to acquire Michael Bennett, a former first-rounder who’ll back up Larry Johnson. Bennett arrived on Wednesday afternoon in River Falls, shook hands with coach Herm Edwards, and headed off to a physical.
What happened a few days before that in another medical exam may have clinched the deal. Holmes was evaluated by spinal specialist Robert Watkins late last week and again wasn’t cleared for contact. Back in San Antonio on Wednesday, Holmes’ trainer, who’s helped him come back from hip and knee injuries, said he hasn’t seen Holmes in two weeks.
“I’m in limbo,” Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton said. “I’ve been trying to call him, but he hasn’t called me back. He must be doing it on his own, because I haven’t seen him.”
Peterson said that nothing should be read into the fact Holmes isn’t in River Falls with the team or that Holmes still isn’t medically sound to play more than nine months after suffering a helmet-to-helmet collision in San Diego.
He said tests showed Holmes’ condition is improving.
“This is not indicative that Priest is finished with the Kansas City Chiefs,” Peterson said. “I’ve had conversations with him, and right now he’s fine with where he is. But the doctors still haven’t given him a release to have contact, so we’re going to go with the doctors. We have time regarding that, and so does he.”
“There are still options open for Priest. I’ve said it a hundred times: I wouldn’t count the man out. People did before, and they were wrong. And I don’t know what the final outcome of this will be.”