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Priest Holmes | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (44) / 10/7/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 213
College: Texas

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Priest Holmes announced his retirement from football.
Holmes, who entered the league in 1997 as an undrafted rookie from Texas, wound up playing ten seasons, including 2007. His finishes with a 4.6 yards-per-carry average and 14th on the all-time rushing TDs list. Priest dominated fantasy football as a top-two overall overall player between 2002-2004, although he failed to be a top-ten back in any other season. His brilliance was undeniable, but not sustained enough to garner serious Hall of Fame consideration. Wed, Nov 21, 2007 01:29:00 PM

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Date:'s Jay Glazer reports Priest Holmes met with a neck specialist Tuesday and will retire on Wednesday.

Kolby Smith will take over as Kansas City's starter, and the team will pull up rookie fullback Gilbert Harris, an Arizona product, from the practice squad. Holmes will make his retirement from football official at 1:30 ET.
Wed, Nov 21, 2007 01:07:00 PM

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports an announcement regarding Priest Holmes' retirement from football could come by Wednesday.

A source told Schefter that Holmes is "retiring for sure" on Wednesday after re-injuring his neck in Week 11, though a Chiefs spokesperson denied that is the case. The Chiefs will start Kolby Smith this week and may have to sign one or two more runners. A former undrafted free agent, Priest would finish his career as the club's all-time leading rusher.
Wed, Nov 21, 2007 01:28:00 AM reports that Priest Holmes reportedly re-injured his neck in Sunday's loss and his career may be in jeopardy.

Holmes reportedly has already seen a neck specialist, and will see more to determine when and if he can play again. A neck injury also forced Holmes to miss the entire 2006 season. With Larry Johnson out, Kolby Smith would be in line to get all the carries for Kansas City and is worth adding in all leagues. The Chiefs will probably have to sign another runner.
Tue, Nov 20, 2007 05:27:00 PM

Priest Holmes rushed 19 times for 55 yards in Week 11 against the Colts.

Holmes got 15 first-half carries, but didn't do much with them and touched the ball just four times after halftime as rookie Kolby Smith stole many of his snaps. Once known for his excellent receiving skills, Holmes was benched in favor of Smith on most third downs. Holmes gets a nice matchup against the Raiders' poor run defense in Week 12, but could be nearing a carry split with Smith.
Sun, Nov 18, 2007 04:05:00 PM

After saying they'd like to keep him at 15 carries in Week 10, the Chiefs have upped their carries limit for Priest Holmes this week to 25.

The Kansas City Star believes the Chiefs might exceed their expectations again for Holmes if opportunity presents itself; i.e. they're trying to preserve a lead or the game is close. Either way, Holmes will play on all downs, so he'll be in the game to pick up blitzes and catch passes if the Chiefs are playing catch up to Indianapolis. Priest is a great flex start in fantasy leagues.
Fri, Nov 16, 2007 12:56:00 AM

Priest Holmes rushed 20 times for 65 yards in Week 10. He added two receptions for 14 yards in the loss to Denver.

Holmes saw 22 touches to rookie Kolby Smith's four, but Smith was in the game when the Chiefs were trying to come back late. Still, it's pretty clear that Holmes is going to dominate the carries with Larry Johnson out. Holmes did show explosiveness on a few runs and his stat line would've been better had he not lost 14 yards on a late second quarter mistake. He's a decent flex play against Indianapolis' middling run defense in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 11, 2007 05:02:00 PM

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards says he doesn't "see Priest (Holmes) carrying the ball more than 15 times" if Larry Johnson is out in Week 10.

It appears rookie Kolby Smith will have to take the diapers off and play a key role against the Broncos. While 15 carries and a few catches would be plenty for Priest to be an elite flex and borderline RB2 play, Smith will be counted on. "We've got to do it by committee a little bit," Edwards said.
Mon, Nov 5, 2007 08:03:00 PM

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards says Priest Holmes won't carry a full load if Larry Johnson (ankle/foot) is out in Week 10.

Edwards all but confirmed after Sunday's game that Johnson is unlikely to play vs. Denver. "You can’t give Priest all of those carries, obviously," Edwards said. "(Kolby) Smith will have to play some, too." Holmes is still likely to get the large majority of work in a favorable matchup if L.J. sits out.
Mon, Nov 5, 2007 02:02:00 PM

Priest Holmes ran three times for eight yards and caught an eight-yard pass in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

Don't look now, but Priest Holmes might be Kansas City's new starting running back. The Chiefs are calling Larry Johnson's injury a simple ankle sprain, but it wouldn't be a surprise if it's later revealed to be of the high variety. Holmes needs to be claimed in all leagues, as he'd have an excellent matchup vs. Denver on the slate if Johnson remains sidelined.
Sun, Nov 4, 2007 05:33:00 PM

Priest Holmes says his comeback isn't just a one-year experiment.

Holmes is under contract with K.C. through 2009. "If I’m capable to run, jump, fall down and get back up, I definitely have an open mind as far as continuing," he said. "I plan to work out next offseason and do it all over again." Priest has five touches since coming off the PUP list in Week 7.
Sat, Nov 3, 2007 12:26:00 PM

Chiefs coach Herm Edwards says Priest Holmes "basically has taken Michael Bennett’s spot" in the team's backfield.

While that means Holmes is ahead of Kolby Smith, it's also an indication that Priest's role might not be very substantial. Bennett only had 18 carries in his five games this year with the Chiefs. Consider Holmes Larry Johnson's clear handcuff, but don't expect this to become a carry-sharing situation.
Tue, Oct 23, 2007 11:44:00 PM

Priest Holmes rushed four times for nine yards in Week 7 against the Raiders.

Holmes saw his first action on a third-and-long play in the first quarter, catching a screen pass for negative-six yards. He failed to get a carry in the first half, but was on the field quite a bit after halftime, including some crunch-time snaps. He looked capable and will likely see more touches going forward.
Sun, Oct 21, 2007 07:28:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Chiefs plan for Priest Holmes to eventually get 15 touches per game as a change of pace for Larry Johnson.

While Holmes is unlikely to play a major role in Week 7, it appears he'll be a significant part of the offense during the second half of the season. He's worth owning in all leagues after this news.
Sun, Oct 21, 2007 11:26:00 AM

Chiefs activated Priest Holmes.

We had our doubts, but Holmes got himself in shape in the three months since he joined the team again. Expect to see Holmes in a third-down role, which will give him little-to-no value in fantasy leagues unless Larry Johnson gets hurt.
Sat, Oct 20, 2007 07:07:00 PM

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