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sling58
10-22-2007, 09:13 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Priest Holmes (http://www.nfl.com/players/priestholmes/profile?id=HOL627237) completed his improbable comeback Sunday, returning to the Kansas City Chiefs (http://www.nfl.com/teams/kansascitychiefs/profile?team=KC)' lineup nearly two years after a serious neck injury threatened the three-time Pro Bowl running back's career.
Holmes, once a dynamic runner who became the franchise's career leader in yards rushing and touchdowns, was added to the Chiefs' roster and activated for the first time since Oct. 30, 2005, for their road game against the rival Oakland Raiders (http://www.nfl.com/teams/oaklandraiders/profile?team=OAK).
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After watching the Chiefs' first two series while wearing his helmet on the sideline, Holmes entered the game on the third play of Kansas City's third drive, shortly before the first quarter ended. He caught a screen pass from Damon Huard (http://www.nfl.com/players/damonhuard/profile?id=HUA264861), but was tackled by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (http://www.nfl.com/players/nnamdiasomugha/profile?id=ASO415291) for a 6-yard loss.
Even that loss was a huge gain for the 34-year-old Holmes. He hadn't played since absorbing a vicious hit from San Diego's Shawne Merriman (http://www.nfl.com/players/shawnemerriman/profile?id=MER568200), causing the neck injury for a player already bedeviled by a knee injury and a previous hip problem.
Even Chiefs coach Herm Edwards -- who took over the club last season -- figured Holmes' career was over when the veteran wasn't able to return for 2006, spending the season on the physically unable to perform list.
But Holmes surprised the Chiefs by reporting to training camp this summer. After realizing his comeback was worth exploring, the club placed him back on the physically-unable-to-perform list, keeping him out of full practices during camp and the first six weeks of the regular season.
Once Holmes returned to regular practice last Wednesday, the Chiefs had three weeks to evaluate him, but Edwards apparently saw what he needed to see.
The Chiefs even traded backup running back <A href="http://www.nfl.com/players/michaelbennett/profile?id=BEN384766" _extended="true">Michael Bennett (http://www.nfl.com/players/michaelbennett/profile?id=BEN384766)</A _extended="true"> to Tampa Bay for two draft picks earlier in the week, a move that cleared a roster spot to be filled by Holmes.
Kansas City apparently intends to use Holmes as a third-down back behind Larry Johnson, who became one of the NFL's elite ball carriers during Holmes' absence.
After signing as an unheralded free agent from Baltimore, Holmes enjoyed a sublime 4-year stretch with the Chiefs from 2001-05, rushing for a club-record 5,933 yards and 76 TDs. His 83 total TDs also are a franchise best.
Johnson had 3,539 yards rushing over the past two seasons, carrying the Kansas City offense in Holmes' absence.
At least one brave fan wore Holmes' red No. 31 jersey in a sea of silver-and-black shirts in the Coliseum's Black Hole.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

Way to represent brother!!!!!!!!!!!!

anaeelbackwards
10-22-2007, 10:21 AM
i m glad to have priest back in the backfield. not only can he run the ball while LJ takes a break, but he can block for LJ as well. i hope LJ can do the same for priest.

sling58
10-22-2007, 10:24 AM
i m glad to have priest back in the backfield. not only can he run the ball while LJ takes a break, but he can block for LJ as well. i hope LJ can do the same for priest.

Lj can't block

anaeelbackwards
10-22-2007, 10:25 AM
Lj can't block

hahah yeah i forgot to put the sarcasm at the end of my post. :lol:

McLovin
10-22-2007, 10:27 AM
Lj can't block

I disagree, he has been burnt on far too many passes, and I have heard he WONT block, but someone who can pound the line as hard as he does, I am sure he can block and I hope he has some.
I am guessing he has done some blocking, all though I know that at times they pull him when he isn't going to be running.

Maybe they should keep him in to block for Priest, a lil bit of humble pie. And Ohhh so tasty.

sling58
10-22-2007, 10:33 AM
I disagree, he has been burnt on far too many passes, and I have heard he WONT block, but someone who can pound the line as hard as he does, I am sure he can block and I hope he has some.
I am guessing he has done some blocking, all though I know that at times they pull him when he isn't going to be running.

Maybe they should keep him in to block for Priest, a lil bit of humble pie. And Ohhh so tasty.

$46 mil says he should!

anaeelbackwards
10-22-2007, 10:36 AM
$46 mil says he should!

true. true.

that being said, some of the o-line should do a better job at blocking for him so he doesnt get tripped up in the backfield for a loss..... my 2 cents. taht is all.
:sign0104:

sling58
10-22-2007, 10:37 AM
true. true.

that being said, some of the o-line should do a better job at blocking for him so he doesnt get tripped up in the backfield for a loss..... my 2 cents. taht is all.
:sign0104:

that is actually 3 cents worth!

mxpxHERO
10-22-2007, 10:41 AM
true. true.

that being said, some of the o-line should do a better job at blocking for him so he doesnt get tripped up in the backfield for a loss..... my 2 cents. taht is all.
:sign0104:

i think you just added stirred up the pot my friend.

hellbound13
10-22-2007, 01:50 PM
how bout sitting lj one game and letting priest start! maybe lj will remember how to be a running back!

sling58
10-22-2007, 05:06 PM
how bout sitting lj one game and letting priest start! maybe lj will remember how to be a running back!

Line them both up in the backfield. Make teams pick one to go after.

Polleo Pit Man
10-24-2007, 03:05 AM
Line them both up in the backfield. Make teams pick one to go after.
They did once I believe and it worked?

Chiefster
10-24-2007, 01:51 PM
Line them both up in the backfield. Make teams pick one to go after.

Eggsactly!