I would like to see Holmes playing right now too. He is one of my most favorite players (next to DT). I wish Carl would make a decision since the doctors have cleared him. Holmes still has a couple of good years in him.
I don't think it was a big deal that Holmes went home to Texas - however, he should be a leader on the team which means he should have stayed at the game. Even if he can't play, he can contribute a lot being on the sidelines. He can give advice to the backup running backs or discuss things with the offensive line. Pre-season is meant for players to work out the kinks and see what works and and doesn't work. He should have been there to be part of this as he will be playing sometime this year. He will only be behind the 8-ball by not participating.