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    Welcome to the Crowd, Priest! We are all frustrated.


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Frustrated and helmetless, Priest Holmes had to stand around and watch Sunday while the Kansas City Chiefs went through another practice without him.

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    The former Pro Bowl running back had hoped to get medical clearance and be removed from the physically unable-to-perform list and take part in his first actual practice on Sunday.
    But with general manager Carl Peterson out of town -- reportedly attending to negotiations with holdout running back Larry Johnson, Holmes' status remained the same.
    "It's not a setback. We just have to wait until Carl gets back in town," said Holmes. "I'm not sure when he'll be back."
    The former Pro Bowl running back has remained on the list since he unexpectedly decided to come to training camp last month in River Falls, Wis., and attempt an improbable comeback at the age of 33. He hasn't played or practiced since sustaining severe head and neck trauma in October 2005 during a game at San Diego.
    Coach Herm Edwards said he wanted to make sure not to hurry Holmes.
    "He's not ready. We had a long talk," Edwards said. "The doctor said it's OK for him to participate. But in his mind, and in our mind, we felt where he's at right now he's not 100 percent with his legs underneath him. He's laid off for a long time. I told him today, 'I'm not going to rush you. I'm definitely not going to rush you.'"
    Holmes, the Chiefs' career rushing leader, scored 27 touchdowns in 2003 for what was then an NFL record, and he is the Chiefs' career rushing leader.
    After being examined by team physician Dr. Jon Brown, Holmes was on the field but without his helmet, which players on the list may not wear. While teammates went through a tough, physical practice, Holmes jogged, stood around and ran phantom passing routes away from everyone else.
    "Dr. Brown wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. Instead of me coming out and possibly violating my PUP by putting my helmet on," Holmes said. "That's the only reason why you see me out here with shoulder pads and no helmet. I can mirror just about everything that they're doing. But I can't put on the helmet while I'm still on the actual PUP list."
    The Chiefs have to be careful not to take him off the list too early. If he's activated but then cannot play, they would either have to cut him or place him on injured reserve, putting him out for the season. A possibility is they would keep him on the list into the regular season and then make a decision no later than the ninth week.
    "We don't want to be put in a situation where all of a sudden you take him off PUP and you start practicing and you say two days from now, 'I'm really not ready yet,'" Edwards said. "Well, that's OK for you but it's not OK for the football team."
    Without Johnson or Holmes, the Chiefs' running game has been feeble in two preseason losses. They netted only 61 yards in an 11-10 loss to Miami last week even though Dolphins defensive starters Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Keith Traylor did not suit up.
    Edwards was caught in a somewhat embarrassing situation when he said Holmes was in the stadium during the Dolphins game only to discover later that he had flown home to San Antonio and not attended.
    "He's come to work every day, never been late," Edwards said. "He went home for the preseason game Thursday. I talked to him during the day. I didn't anticipate him going home. I thought he was going to the game. He went home to see his family. I told him the next day, 'All you have to do is tell me so I know where you're at.'
    "Priest Holmes has not been a distraction. He's been a guy that's trying to come back from an injury. For him to do what he's trying to do, I applaud the guy. Now we've got to see if it's going to work out. But he has to make this team. He doesn't make this team because he's Priest Holmes."
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    I, also, think that Priest is a bit frustrated with Carl who has seen fit to play up the fact that he has returned when it was convenient to do so in the middle of LJ's contract negotiations, but has not seen fit to take him off the PUP list although he has been cleared by the physicians to resume normal team activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefster View Post
    The only reason he's been talkin is because the media has been there to hang on every word; like I said the only reason we knew he was missing in the first place is because the media has made such a big deal out of it.



    Fair enough, I just think it is still much ado about nothin; people act like Priest Holmes is the only player in the NFL who's still on the PUP list to ever miss a preseason, or a regular season game for that matter. JMHO
    2 years pay to speak to nobody in the organization warrants attendance at a preseason game.

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    How one-sided can people be?!?!?!?!? Preist holmes, who hasn't been allowed by the team to participate in any team practices, is being ripped to shreds. All the while, Larry Johnson has been welcome, even expected, at practices and preseason games and has refused to show up. Maybe, like many people have said, it's all about motives. Let's take a look. Priest went to spend a day with his family, while L.J. was complaining about the contract that he paid an agent to get for him, that he signed.

    It seems so clear to me. What are the rst of us looking at this through?

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    Your making alot of sense chief31, I'm a family man myself, its the most important thing in life to me (fallowed closely by chiefs football). It does seem like Carl kinda used him like a pawn in his negotiations with LJ, I'm not a big fan of holdouts but Larry was deserving of a new contract, maybe a bit to high but he's a hoss lets hope he lives up to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    How one-sided can people be?!?!?!?!? Preist holmes, who hasn't been allowed by the team to participate in any team practices, is being ripped to shreds. All the while, Larry Johnson has been welcome, even expected, at practices and preseason games and has refused to show up. Maybe, like many people have said, it's all about motives. Let's take a look. Priest went to spend a day with his family, while L.J. was complaining about the contract that he paid an agent to get for him, that he signed.

    It seems so clear to me. What are the rst of us looking at this through?
    That's funny coming from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swmochiefsfan View Post
    Your making alot of sense chief31, I'm a family man myself, its the most important thing in life to me (fallowed closely by chiefs football). It does seem like Carl kinda used him like a pawn in his negotiations with LJ, I'm not a big fan of holdouts but Larry was deserving of a new contract, maybe a bit to high but he's a hoss lets hope he lives up to it.
    I am a family man too, but when i gotta work I can't just say well, time to go see the kids and leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    That's funny coming from you.
    hey work is work, if you want to keep the munchkins fed its a necassary evil, but if I had made several millions I could afford to hold out.Still it seems selfish when you already make more than I will see in my whole life
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    I am a family man too, but when i gotta work I can't just say well, time to go see the kids and leave.
    Can you get a raise by abandong everyone you work for/with? Was Priest told that he was required to be at the game? It's very common for players who aren't allowed to participate in team activities to miss preseason games. Is it not?

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    I am new to this forum and am interjecting on a well established thread. I dont want to think that carl peterson got the priest thing going to get a contract with LJ done but with priest still on the PUP, Im starting to think it could be. HEs cleared. Get him on the field. The only way you are going to find out is let him take some shots and see how his body responds. I read that he could be our third down back. With his talet, he is going to be more than that and will probably seek a trade at the end of the season. Is this also in petersons thoughts. then we have the priest running for touches against the chiefs. If we could get LJ, Priest and bennett all on the same page, What a lineup but dont know if its gonna happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    Can you get a raise by abandong everyone you work for/with? Was Priest told that he was required to be at the game? It's very common for players who aren't allowed to participate in team activities to miss preseason games. Is it not?
    No...that would get me fired. And sure it is common to miss preseason games, but don't go walking around talking about being a "team leader" when you obviously don't want to be.
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